Portales man gets 12 years in meth crime

PORTALES, N.M. (AP) - A Portales man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison after being convicted of possession and intent to distribute methamphetamines.

Prosecutors say the sentence was handed down for 36-year-old Epigmenio "Pete" Baltazar.

Officials say the case began in July 2009 when Portales police and Roosevelt County sheriff's investigators received tips about methamphetamines sales from Baltazar's home. A search of the home and property recovered more than 23 grams of meth.

The sentence was imposed by state District Judge Drew Tatum.