For Immediate Release
Las Cruces Man Sentenced to Ten Years for Federal Drug Trafficking and Firearms Conviction
ALBUQUERQUE – Guy Bell, 29, of Las Cruces, N.M., was sentenced today in federal court to 120 months in prison for his conviction on drug trafficking and firearms charges. Bell will be on supervised release for six years after completing his prison sentence.
Bell was arrested on Aug. 16, 2017, on an indictment charging him with distributing methamphetamine near a school, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and using and carrying a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking crime. According to the indictment, Bell committed the offenses on Nov. 2, 2016, in Dona Ana County, N.M. Bell was prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition because he previously has been convicted of larceny of a firearm and tampering with evidence.
On Jan. 25, 2018, Bell pled guilty to a felony information charging him with distribution of methamphetamine near a school, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and using and carrying a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking crime. In entering the guilty plea, Bell admitted that on Nov. 2, 2016, he facilitated the sale of approximately 27 grams of pure methamphetamine between an undercover law enforcement agent and his (Bell’s) source of supply, by driving the agent to the residence of the source of supply, which was located approximately 500 feet away from an elementary school. Bell also admitted carrying a loaded pistol during the drug transaction for his protection. Bell acknowledged that he was prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition because of his status as a convicted felon.
This case was investigated by the Las Cruces office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys John Balla and Dustin Segovia of the U.S. Attorney’s Las Cruces Branch Office.
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