DENVER – The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado announces that after a four-day jury trial, Felipe Nevarez, age 40, of Alamosa, Colorado, was convicted of Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine.
Facts presented at trial established that on April 3, 2019, deputies with the Alamosa County Sherriff’s Department encountered Nevarez driving a black BMW. At the time, Nevarez had several state warrants for his arrest. He evaded law enforcement, reversing the BMW at top speed down a rural driveway. Nevarez got out of the car and fled into an open field. After nearly forty-five-minutes searching, law enforcement found Nevarez hiding in a field within arm’s reach of a large bag of methamphetamine. Nevarez also had more than $16,000 in cash.
“Our office is committed to prosecuting drug distribution crimes anywhere in Colorado,” said Acting United States Attorney Matt Kirsch. “Together with our law enforcement partners in Alamosa, we have secured an important conviction in the fight against methamphetamine, an addictive and dangerous drug.”
“The conviction of Nevarez for his interstate narcotics trafficking activities is the result of cooperation among law enforcement to keep dangerous drugs like methamphetamine out of our communities.” said Steven Cagen, Special Agent in Charge, HSI. “HSI will continue to prioritize the investigation of drug traffickers who distribute illicit narcotics in Colorado and bring criminal activity to our rural neighbors.”
United States District Court Judge Robert Blackburn presided over the trial and will impose a sentence at a later date.
Homeland Security Investigations, the Alamosa County Sherriff’s Department, the Alamosa Police Department, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement conducted the investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Jeffrey Graves handled the prosecution.
Case number: 19-cr-00271-REB-JMC
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