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Drug Trafficker Sentenced to 23 Years in Prison

March 27, 2019


Clovis NM – Ninth Judicial District Attorney, Andrea Reeb, announced that today, Shannon Dwane Jackson, age 40, of Clovis, was sentenced to 23 years in prison.


On March 8, 2019,  a Curry County jury found Jackson guilty of Trafficking Controlled Substances, a first degree felony; Tampering with Evidence, a third degree felony; Resisting Evading or Obstructing an Officer, a misdemeanor; and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a misdemeanor.


The charges stem from an undercover drug operation by the Region V Drug Task Force. In October of 2014, a search warrant was executed on Jackson and his residence.  During a traffic stop to serve the search warrant, Jackson resisted officers and fled on foot. He was captured a few blocks away and subsequently arrested.  During the search of Jackson and his residence, officers recovered approximately 27.2 grams of crack cocaine which was packaged in 63 individual baggies; a large amount of cash; baggies and scales used in the processing and sale of narcotics; and a firearm. 


The Honorable Fred Van Soelen sentenced Jackson today and also found that Jackson was a habitual offender, having a prior felony conviction in the State of New Mexico.  The Defendant addressed the Judge stating, “I am at peace with myself,” and “I’m not going to beg nobody for my life.” Judge Van Soelen stated, “Everybody is able to be rehabilitated, this is a long sentence for a serious crime, our legislators made serious penalties for this.”  Jackson, who is also serving a sentence on a federal drug trafficking conviction, will return to federal custody before beginning to serve this sentence on the state conviction.


Assistant District Attorneys Arwen Gaddis and Lara Maierhofer prosecuted the case for the State.  Assistant Public Defender, Ibukun Adepoju, represented Jackson.


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

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