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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, November 21, 2017
James Tierney
, United States Attorney
Contact: Alyssa Ferda

Felon From Hobbs Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Violating Fedreal Firearms Laws

ALBUQUERQUE – Jesus Fabian Jimenez, 41, of Hobbs, N.M., was sentenced today in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to 60 months in prison for violating the federal firearms laws by unlawfully possessing firearms and ammunition. Jimenez will be on supervised release for three years after completing his prison sentence.

Jimenez was arrested on Nov. 10, 2016, on an indictment charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition on Jan. 9, 2014, in Lea County, N.M. According to the indictment, Jimenez was prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition because he previously had been convicted on battery on a peace officer, larceny and trafficking a controlled substance.

On March 3, 2017, Jimenez pled guilty to the indictment without the benefit of a plea agreement.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Lea County Drug Task Force and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Marisa A. Ong of the U.S. Attorney’s Las Cruces Branch Office.

The Lea County Drug Task Force is comprised of officers from the Lea County Sheriff’s Office, Hobbs Police Department, Lovington Police Department, Eunice Police Department the Tatum Police Department and the Jal Police Department, and is part of the NM HIDTA Region VI Drug Task Force. 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.

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