Drug Trafficker Gets 16 Years in Prison
Clovis NM - Ninth Judicial District Attorney Andrea Reeb announced that Paul Lee Salazar, age 38, of Clovis, was sentenced to serve 16 years in the New Mexico Department of Corrections.
Salazar was found guilty by a Curry County jury in April, 2015, of Trafficking Methamphetamine, a first degree felony; Conspiracy to Trafficking Methamphetamine, a second degree felony; and Intent to Distribute a synthetic drug “Pep”, a fourth degree felony.
On August 15, 2013, the Curry County Sheriff’s Office discovered that Paul Salazar conspired with another individual to deliver controlled substances to an inmate at the Detention Center. The package disguised as “hygiene items” contained methamphetamine, pep and tobacco.
The Honorable Stephen K. Quinn presided over sentencing hearing yesterday, where he heard pleas for leniency from Salazar’s family and pastor. This is Salazar’s third felony conviction for trafficking controlled substances. Judge Quinn sentenced Salazar to 16 years in prison, to be followed by two years of probation/parole.
Chief Deputy District Attorney Brian Stover and Assistant District Attorney Matthew Andrasko prosecuted the case for the State of New Mexico. Criminal Defense Attorney Jonathan Miller of Albuquerque represented the defendant.
For more information, contact the District Attorney’s Office at 575-769-2246.