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ABQ man sentenced in drug case

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By Tris DeRoma

A drug dealer from Albuquerque nabbed by Los Alamos Police late last year recently received his sentence in district court.
The suspect, David Simmons, entered a guilty plea, admitting to attempting to traffic a controlled substance by distribution, a third-degree felony. He was sentenced by Judge Sheri L. Raphaelson to three years incarceration with three years suspended and three years of supervised probation. If Simmons has served two years of his probation without any violations, he could have the last year dismissed.
The original charges against him were: Trafficking by distribution, conspiracy to commit trafficking (by distribution), possession of a controlled substance (felony, narcotic drug) and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The charges came from a number of LAPD operations late 2013 that also resulted in the arrests of Los Alamos residents, Daniel Hoth and Rowena MacDonald.
According to court documents, Hoth apparently acted as Simmons’ driver. Simmons had come up from Albuquerque to do some drug deals in White Rock that never materialized. At some point during his visit, LAPD arrested Simmons and Hoth.
A search of Hoth’s car revealed drug paraphernalia and a small amount of methamphetamine. In a later interview with police, Simmons admitted he also had a stash of 42.7 grams of meth at MacDonald’s house.
Since his arrest, Simmons has spent 9 months and two days in custody in Los Alamos, and will be released to stand trial in an Albuquerque case where he was arrested in May 2013 on another drug charge. He was arrested and charged with trafficking in a controlled substances (possession with intent to distribute, narcotic or meth), two counts of distribution of a controlled substance, (non-narcotic) and use or possession of drug paraphernalia.