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Mescalero Apache Nation man sentenced for meth trafficking






A view of the Mescalero Apache Reservation in New Mexico. Photo from Vimari R / TripAdvisor

A member of the Mescalero Apache Nation of New Mexico was sentenced to 41 months for methamphetamine trafficking.

Gabriel Gene Ortega, 34, pleaded guilty to a felony information charging him with manufacturing and distributing methamphetamine on the reservation. Authorities found chemicals, equipment and other items associated with the manufacturing of the drug during a raid of his home in August 2012, the U.S. Attorney's Office said in a press release.

In related news, Sheridan Gerard Lester, a 24-year-old tribal member, was sentenced to 21 months for assault. He pleaded guilty to a felony information charging him with assault resulting in serious bodily injury for an attack on the reservation in November 2012.

Lester spent 302 days in tribal custody and those days will be credited toward his federal prison term, the U.S. Attorney's Office said in a press release.

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