Quick Verdict for Drug Trafficker
Ninth Judicial District Attorney Andrea Reeb announced that Paul Lee Salazar, age 38, of Clovis, was found guilty by a Curry County jury yesterday, 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. The jury deliberated just 10 minutes before rendering their guilty verdicts.
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 the one-day trial, and ordered that sentencing be held at a later date. Salazar faces a maximum of 37 and one-half years in prison. This is Salazar’s third felony conviction for trafficking controlled substances which would add a mandatory four years to any sentence imposed by the Court.
Assistant District Attorney Matthew Andrasko prosecuted the case for the State of New Mexico. Criminal Defense Attorney Jonathan Miller of Albuquerque represented the defendant. District Attorney Andrea Reeb stated, “We are extremely pleased with the jury’s verdict in this case. Another drug trafficker has been taken off the streets of Clovis for many years to come.”
For more information, contact the District Attorney’s Office at 575-769-2246.