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      3-time drug trafficking offender faces 36 years

      Sergio James was found guilty after a jury deliberated for less than an hour. Sentencing has been postponed, but James faces an additional 18 years for this conviction.

      After deliberating for less than an hour, a Curry County jury found Sergio James, 36, guilty of Trafficking Controlled Substances.

      James was arrested on May 18, 2011, for selling crack cocaine to an undercover informant during an operation by the Region V Drug Task Force on May 11 of the same year. He's currently serving an 18 year sentence in the New Mexico Department of Corrections on a previous drug trafficking conviction. This was James' third conviction for trafficking controlled substances, a first-degree felony.

      The Honorable Drew D. Tatum presided over the trial and deferred sentencing until a later date. James faces a mandatory 18 years in prison for the current conviction. The state intends to seek a consecutive sentence to his previous conviction for a total of 36 years.

      For more information, please contact the 9th Judicial District Attorney Office at (575) 769-2246.