Press release: Portales man gets 12 years

Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that Epigmenio (Pete) Baltazar, age 36, was sentenced to serve twelve (12) years in prison for one (1) count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

The charges stem from July of 2009 when Portales Police Department and Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office received tips regarding the sale of methamphetamine from Baltazar’s Portales residence. During the joint investigation, officers conducted a search of the Baltazar’s home and surrounding property and recovered more than twenty-three (23) grams of methamphetamine. Authorities also found an additional thirteen (13) grams of a non-controlled substance that is commonly used to dilute methamphetamine before sale to increase profit.

The Honorable Judge Drew Tatum presided over the proceedings and Deputy District Attorney Donna Mowrer prosecuted the case on behalf of the State. At the sentencing hearing, the Court found that Epigmenio Baltazar was a repeat offender with prior drug trafficking offenses and enhanced his sentence to a total incarceration period of twelve (12) years in prison. Once released from prison, Baltazar must serve an additional two years of intensively supervised parole.

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