Ninth Judicial District Attorney, Andrea Reeb, announced that Leonel Lopez, age 27, of Clovis, was found guilty today of Trafficking Methamphetamine, Distribution of Marijuana, and Reckless Driving. The jury heard testimony from a New Mexico DPS Crime Lab forensic scientist concerning controlled substances and from law enforcement officers during the one-day trial. After deliberating for approximately two hours, the jury returned with their guilty verdicts.
The incident occurred on April 2, 2015, while on routine patrol, Clovis Police officers recognized a vehicle that matched the description of a vehicle that had fled from police. During the stop, Lopez attempted to evade the officer by backing into his unit. Lopez was ultimately detained and arrested. A search warrant was issued and police located 55.7 grams of methamphetamine and cash on Lopez; and 4 grams of marijuana, individually packaged along with scales inside the vehicle.
The Honorable Drew D. Tatum presided over the trial and upon a request from defense counsel, delayed sentencing to a later date. Lopez is facing 26 and one-half years in prison which includes mandatory time for prior felony convictions.
Kristen Beltran, Assistant District Attorney is the prosecuting attorney for the State of New Mexico. Criminal defense attorney, Brett J. Carter, represented the defendant.
For more information, please contact the District Attorney’s Office at 575-769-2246.