Clovis NM – Ninth Judicial District Attorney, Andrea Reeb, announced that Terrance Jones, age 34, of Clovis, pleaded guilty today to two counts of Trafficking Controlled Substances, both first degree felonies, and Failure to Appear on a Felony Charge. Jones was sentenced to twenty years in prison.
The charges stem from two undercover drug operations by the Region V Drug Task force, one in June of 2016 and in December of 2016. Search warrants were executed in both cases where large amounts of cash and drugs were found along with other paraphernalia consistent with drug trafficking. In January of 2017, Jones failed to appear in court and was on the run from law enforcement until May when he was arrested in Maricopa County Arizona and extradited back to New Mexico.
The Honorable Drew D. Tatum presided over the sentencing hearing. Judge Tatum found that Jones is a habitual offender noting his lengthy criminal history. After accepting the guilty plea, Judge Tatum asked the defendant “What are you going to do with your life?” Jones replied that he has been doing drugs since he was 9 years old, and has been supporting his habit. Judge Tatum stated “Your actions contribute to the vast majority of crimes in this town. You have a choice, you can do something good for once, that is your call.”
District Attorney Andrea Reeb prosecuted the case for the State and Defense Attorney Brett Carter represented Jones.
For more information, please contact the District Attorney’s Office at 575-769-2246.