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November 4, 2016


Ninth Judicial District Attorney, Andrea Reeb, announced today a Curry County jury found Bernardo Baca, age 42, of Clovis, guilty of Possession of a Controlled Substance and Shoplifting.


On January 4, 2016, police were called to the Hobby Lobby store for a reported shoplifting.  Clovis Police officers detained Baca, along with a female and her young daughter. Baca was found to have outstanding warrants and was arrested.  Hobby Lobby paint pens were found on Baca, as well as .24 grams of methamphetamine.   


The Honorable Matthew Chandler presided over the one-day trial.  The jury deliberated for 7 minutes before returning their guilty verdicts.  Because Baca is a two time habitual offender, Judge Chandler delayed sentencing so that the State could file enhancement paperwork.  Baca faces up to six years in the New Mexico Department of Corrections for the conviction today.


Baca also has two other pending cases, one for Possession of Controlled Substances case and one for Drug Trafficking. 


Chief Deputy District Attorney, Brian Stover prosecuted the case for the State, and criminal defense attorney, Jonathan Miller represented Baca.


"Officers of the Clovis Police Department did a fantastic job on this case.  At the heart of the matter, this man was ripping off our local businesses and we cannot allow that to happen," said Stover. 


For more information, please contact the District Attorney’s Office at 575-769-2246.

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