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September 24, 2015

Albuquerque Man and Mexican National Sentenced to Prison for Violating Federal Narcotics Trafficking Laws in New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE—Luis Juan Contreras-Cano and Carlos Davenport were sentenced to prison today in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., for violating the federal narcotics trafficking laws. Contreras-Cano, 20, a Mexican national residing in Albuquerque, was sentenced to 97 months in prison. He will be deported following his incarceration. Davenport, 41, of El Paso, Texas, was sentenced to 15 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release.

Contreras-Cano and Davenport were arrested on Dec. 13, 2014, in Bernalillo County, N.M., after law enforcement officers, on a criminal complaint, searched the vehicle in which the two men were traveling and found ten pounds of methamphetamine and two firearms. Contreras-Cano and Davenport were subsequently indicted on Jan. 8, 2015, and charged with conspiracy to possess methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, and using and carrying firearms in relation to a drug trafficking crime. All offenses took place in Bernalillo County.

On June 24, 2015, Contreras-Cano pled guilty to a felony information charging him with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. In entering the guilty plea, Contreras-Cano admitted that while driving through Bernalillo County on Dec. 13, 2014, he and Davenport were stopped by Albuquerque Police officers who found ten pounds of methamphetamine, two firearms and ammunition during a search of their vehicle. Contreras-Cano further admitted that he and Davenport had acquired to the methamphetamine in Phoenix, Ariz., and were planning to redistribute the methamphetamine.

On June 17, 2015, Davenport pled guilty to Counts 1 and 3 of the indictment charging him with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and using and carrying a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking crime.

This case was investigated by the Albuquerque offices of the FBI and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Albuquerque Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorneys James R.W. Braun and Joel R. Meyers prosecuted the case.

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