North Carolina Man Sentenced in New Mexico for Methamphetamine Trafficking Conviction
ALBUQUERQUE—Travis Lavar Clark, 35, of Raleigh, N.C., was sentenced today in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to 51 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for his methamphetamine trafficking conviction. Clark’s crime of conviction involved possession of more than 750 grams of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.
Clark was arrested on Feb. 20, 2014, in El Paso, Texas, on an indictment filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico on Feb. 19, 2014, charging him with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute on Nov. 12, 2013, in Doña Ana County, N.M.
On June 10, 2014, Clark pled guilty to the indictment and admitted that on Nov. 12, 2013, law enforcement officer found approximately 757.34 grams of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in the trunk of the vehicle he was driving. Clark also admitted that he was being paid to take the methamphetamine from El Paso to open up a “store” in Las Cruces to sell the methamphetamine.
This case was investigated by the Las Cruces office of the FBI and the HIDTA Regional Interagency Drug Task Force (RIDTF)/Metro Narcotics Task Force, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Maria Y. Armijo of the U.S. Attorney’s Las Cruces Branch Office.
The HIDTA Regional Interagency Drug Task Force/Metro Narcotics Task Force is comprised of officers from the Las Cruces Police Department and the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office. The High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) program 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.