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Abel Montoya, 53, of Lake Arthur, was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Las Cruces to 33 months in prison for violating federal firearms laws.

Montoya will be on supervised release for three years after completing his prison sentence.

Montoya was arrested Oct. 21, 2015, on a criminal complaint charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm on Feb. 27, 2014. On that day, the Pecos Valley Drug Task Force (PVDTF) executed a search warrant at Montoya’s residence and seized two firearms, one of which had an obliterated serial number.

Montoya was subsequently indicted on Jan. 20 and charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. At the time, Montoya was prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition because he previously had been convicted of cocaine trafficking and possession of methamphetamine.

On May 25, Montoya pleaded guilty to the indictment.