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Hobbs man sentenced to 151 months for drug trafficking

Joe Padilla (Source: KWES) Joe Padilla (Source: KWES)
Fugitive Leroy Castillo (Source: KWES) Fugitive Leroy Castillo (Source: KWES)
Las Cruces, New Mexico -

A Hobbs man was sentenced in federal court to 151 months in federal prison for his role in trafficking narcotics.

According to the office of Damon P. Martinez, U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico, Joe Padilla, 34, was sentenced in Las Cruces, New Mexico to 151 months in federal prison followed by four years supervised release.

On April 7, Padilla pled guilty to participating in a cocaine trafficking conspiracy, a methamphetamine trafficking conspiracy and to using a telephone to facilitate a drug trafficking crime.

Many agencies helped investigate this particular trafficking organization, including the FBI, the DEA, and Lea County Drug Task Force.

With the exception of Leroy Castillo, 34, all of Padilla’s co-defendants have entered guilty pleas. Castillo has not yet been arrested and is considered a fugitive.  Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Castillo are asked to call the FBI at (505)-622-6001.

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