Press release: Man gets 18 years for trafficking cocaine

Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that James Sneed Jr., age 43, of Clovis was sentenced to eighteen (18) years in the Department of Corrections for Trafficking Cocaine, a second degree felony.

The charges stem from March 29, 2009, when the Region 5 Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at James Sneed’s residence. As agents entered the home to conduct the search, they observed Sneed attempting to get dressed and had underwear in his hand. Authorities immediately handcuffed Sneed and a large bag of a white substance fell out of the underwear. During the trial, jurors heard testimony from a New Mexico Crime Lab analyst who testified that the white substance was positively identified as cocaine. Agents also confiscated a second bag of cocaine, a bag of marijuana, and over $1,600 in cash during the search.

The Honorable Judge Stephen K. Quinn presided over the jury trial and sentencing hearing and Assistant District Attorney Hollie Barnett prosecuted the case for the State. James Sneed Jr. was found guilty by a Curry County jury on October 29, 2009; however, sentencing was postponed until a pre-sentence report was completed. District Attorney Matthew Chandler stated, “At the sentencing hearing today, the prosecutor was able to prove that James Sneed Jr. was a repeat offender with prior drug trafficking offenses which enhanced the sentence to a mandatory maximum 18 year penalty”.

For further information concerning this case, please contact the Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office.