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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
District of New Mexico

For Immediate Release

Friday, February 17, 2017
Damon P. Martinez
, United States Attorney
Contact: Elizabeth M. Martinez

Albuquerque Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Methamphetamine Trafficking Charge

Plea Agreement Recommends Prison Sentence in the Range of 10 to 15 Years

Defendant is One of 104 Individuals Federally Charged as a Result of ATF-Led Investigation Pursued in Support of Federal “Worst of the Worst” Anti-Violence Initiative

ALBUQUERQUE – Jesse James Davis, 40, of Albuquerque, N.M., pled guilty today in federal court to a methamphetamine trafficking charge. Under the terms of his plea agreement, Davis will be sentenced within the range of ten to 15 years in prison followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court.

Davis and his co-defendant, Joshua Bright, 32, were arrested during an ATF-led investigation that resulted in the filing of 59 federal indictments and one federal criminal complaint charging 104 Bernalillo County residents with federal firearms and narcotics trafficking offenses. The investigation began in mid-April 2016, when ATF personnel from throughout the country joined forces with federal, state, county and local law enforcement agencies in New Mexico to combat the high rate of violent crime in the Albuquerque metropolitan area. The investigators utilized a number of investigative techniques, including undercover operations, historical investigation and targeting of multi-convicted felons in possession of firearms.

The investigation was undertaken in support of a federal anti-violence initiative that targets “the worst of the worst” offenders for federal prosecution. Under this initiative, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and federal law enforcement agencies collaborate with New Mexico’s District Attorneys and state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies to target violent or repeat offenders for federal prosecution primarily based on their prior criminal convictions with the goal of removing repeat offenders from communities in New Mexico for as long as possible.

Davis and Bright were indicted on June 30, 2016. The indictment charged both men with conspiracy and distributing methamphetamine on June 6, 2016. It also charged Bright alone with distributing methamphetamine on June 14, 2016. According to the indictment, the offenses took place in Bernalillo County, N.M. The indictment included forfeiture provisions requiring Davis and Bright to forfeit $4,600 to the United States.

During today’s proceedings, Davis pled guilty to Count 2 of the indictment charging him with distributing methamphetamine. In entering the guilty plea, Davis admitted that on June 6, 2016, he sold approximately 115 grams of methamphetamine to an undercover law enforcement agent. Davis remains in custody pending a sentencing hearing which has yet to be scheduled.

To date, 28 of the 104 defendants have entered guilty pleas and two have been sentenced. The remaining defendants including Bright, have entered not guilty pleas. Charges in indictments are merely accusations and defendants are presumed innocent unless found guilty in a court of law.

The case was investigated by the Albuquerque office of ATF. Assistant U.S. Attorney Rumaldo R. Armijo is prosecuting the case.

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