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FARMINGTON — A Farmington man pleaded guilty Monday to having a firearm in his vehicle when he was found with more than 2 pounds of cocaine in his vehicle in San Juan County.

David Dobbs, 28, pleaded guilty in Albuquerque federal court to one count of possessing a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime, according to a U.S. Department of Justice press release.

Dobbs was arrested in August on an indictment including five drug-related charges, according to court documents.

He was convicted of possessing a firearm when law enforcement officials found about 1,011 grams of cocaine and the weapon during a traffic stop on his vehicle on Feb. 26.

Dobbs admitted he kept the firearm to protect himself and the cocaine he intended to distribute to others, according to the press release.

He faces a mandatory minimum of five years in prison. No sentencing hearing has been scheduled in the case.

The case was investigated by the Region II Narcotics Task Force. It is comprised of investigators and officers from the Aztec, Bloomfield, Farmington police departments, and the San Juan County Sheriff's Office.

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