Rehoboth Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison for Methamphetamine Trafficking and Firearms Conviction
|U.S. Attorney’s Office February 19, 2014|
ALBUQUERQUE—MacDavis Bahe, 31, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Rehoboth, New Mexico, was sentenced this morning to 10 years in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for his conviction on methamphetamine trafficking and firearms charges.
Bahe was indicted in June 2012 and charged with distributing methamphetamine and marijuana in McKinley County, Rehoboth, New Mexico between February 2012 and May 2012. He also was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of an unregistered firearm.
On September 6, 2013, Bahe admitted that he distributed methamphetamine on February 17, 2012 to an individual who, unbeknownst to him, was an undercover officer. Bahe also admitted that he unlawfully possessed a shotgun on May 1, 2012. Bahe acknowledged that he was prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition because he previously had been convicted of the following felony offenses in the 11th Judicial District Court for the State of New Mexico in McKinley County: burglary, aggravated fleeing from a law enforcement officer, and being a felon in possession of a firearm or destructive device.
The case was investigated by the Albuquerque office of the FBI, the Middle Rio Grande Valley Narcotics Task Force, the Gallup Police Department, and the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Elaine Y. Ramirez.
The Middle Rio Grande Valley Task Force is comprised of agents and officers from the Albuquerque Police Department, the Albuquerque office of the DEA, Pojoaque Tribal Police Department, Rio Rancho Police Department, Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office, and Valencia County Sheriff’s Office. It is part of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) program that was created by Congress with the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988. HIDTA is a program of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) which provides assistance to federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies operating in areas determined to be critical drug trafficking regions of the United States and seeks to reduce drug trafficking and production by facilitating coordinated law enforcement activities and information sharing.