DISTRICT COURT News:
ALBUQUERQUE – Crystal Medina Gomez, 50, of Silver City was sentenced in federal court in Las Cruces to 30 months of imprisonment for her methamphetamine trafficking conviction. Gomez will be on supervised release for three years after completing her prison sentence.
Gomez was one of twelve defendants charged with methamphetamine trafficking offenses as the result of a multi-agency investigation targeting a drug trafficking organization led by Daniel Lee Jacquez, 35, of Silver City, that distributed methamphetamine in Grant County. The investigation concluded in April 2015 with the filing of a 34-count indictment against Gomez, Jacquez and 10 co-defendants.
The indictment charged the 12 defendants with participating in a drug trafficking conspiracy and committing a series of substantive drug trafficking offenses and a firearms offense. According to the indictment, the defendants conspired to distribute methamphetamine in Grant County from March 2014 through April 2015. Eight counts charged certain defendants with distributing or possessing with intent to distribute methamphetamine and 24 counts charge certain defendants with using communications devices (telephones) to facilitate drug trafficking crimes. The indictment also charged one defendant with being a felon in possession of a firearm.
On Aug. 3, 2016, Gomez pled guilty to participating in a methamphetamine trafficking conspiracy, and admitted that from March 2014 through April 2015, she was responsible for distributing between 500 grams and 1.5 kilograms of methamphetamine in the Silver City area.
All of Gomez’s co-defendants, including Jacquez, have entered guilty pleas. Anthony R. Davila, 26, of Santa Clara was sentenced Feb. 21, 2017, to 60 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release. The remaining co-defendants are currently awaiting sentencing hearings.
The case was investigated by the Las Cruces offices of the DEA, HSI and FBI with assistance from the U.S. Marshals Service and the New Mexico State Police. Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard C. Williams of the U.S. Attorney’s Las Cruces Branch Office is prosecuting this case.
The investigation leading to the filing of charges in this case was designated as part of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) program, a nationwide Department of Justice program that combines the resources and unique expertise of federal agencies, along with their local counterparts, in a coordinated effort to disrupt and dismantle major drug trafficking organizations.