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Jose Villa, 35, of Lake Arthur, was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Las Cruces to 60 months in prison for his conviction on methamphetamine trafficking charges.

Villa will be on supervised release for four years after completing his prison sentence.

Villa and his co-defendant, Charles Edward Gist, 57, of Artesia, were arrested in September 2015 on an indictment charging them with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine from Nov. 17, 2014, through Nov. 20, 2014, and distribution of methamphetamine on Nov. 20, 2014. Villa was also charged with distribution of methamphetamine on Dec. 10, 2014. According to the indictment, the defendants committed the crimes in Eddy County.

On April 13, 2016, Villa pleaded guilty to a felony information charging him with conspiracy and two counts of distribution of methamphetamine. In entering the guilty plea, Villa admitted to conspiring with Gist and others to distribute methamphetamine in November 2014.

Villa admitted supplying approximately 56 grams of methamphetamine that was distributed to an undercover law enforcement officer on Nov. 20, 2014. He also admitted distributing 51 grams of methamphetamine to an undercover law enforcement officer on Dec. 10, 2014.

Gist pleaded guilty April 1, 2016, to a felony information charging him with conspiracy and distribution of methamphetamine. In entering the guilty plea, Gist admitted that he conspired with Villa and others to distribute methamphetamine from Nov. 17, 2014, through Nov. 20, 2014. Gist further admitted that on Nov. 20, 2014, he agreed to sell 56 grams of methamphetamine to an undercover law enforcement officer.

Gist was sentenced Aug. 24, 2016, to 21 months in prison followed by two years of supervised release.