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A longtime meth dealer in the Albuquerque area, whose life of crime was called “legendary” by prosecutors, has been sentenced in Santa Fe to 10 years in prison.

Chief U.S. District Judge Bruce Black on Wednesday sentenced Kevin Garner, 44, to a 115-month sentence for his drug-trafficking conviction.

Garner became something of a poster boy for repeat property criminals. He was picked up three times in 2010, bringing to more than 125 his total number of arrests.

Although initially charged in state court, federal prosecutors picked up the case under an anti-violence program that targets the worst offenders. The Drug Enforcement Administration, Albuquerque police and the District Attorney’s Office cooperated on the prosecution.

U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales called the sentence “significant,” particularly in light of a relatively small amount of drugs involved.

“Kevin Garner has been a menace to our community and a major headache for the law enforcement community for more than 25 years,” he said.

Garner has been in federal custody since his arrest on Dec. 29, 2010, on a charge of distributing methamphetamine. He pleaded guilty in October, admitting that he sold a quarter ounce (5.7 grams) of meth at his West Side home to a confidential informant for the Albuquerque Police Department.

Garner’s criminal history began in 1986 and includes convictions for drug trafficking, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and aggravated burglary. Even so, Garner’s longest prison sentence served was 4 1/2 years of a 20-year sentence on a 1998 conviction for shooting from or at a motor vehicle, being a felon in possession of a firearm and four counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer using a deadly weapon.


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