Fruitland man sentenced for meth trafficking

The Daily Times staff
George Begay

FARMINGTON — A Fruitland man was sentenced earlier this week in federal court in Albuquerque for a methamphetamine trafficking charge.

George Begay, 47, of Fruitland, was sentenced on Thursday to one year and a day in prison and will be on supervised release for three years after completing his prison sentence, according to a U.S. Department of Justice press release.

Begay was one of eight men arrested on May 11, 2016, by federal agents and local law enforcement officers in connection to a meth trafficking organization, according to Daily Times archives.

The organization was allegedly operated by three Mexican nationals on the Navajo reservation and was responsible for 60 to 70 percent of the meth distributed in San Juan County, according to archives.

Begay was arrested after an indictment was issued that charged him with distributing meth on April 29, 2014, in the county, the release states.

He pleaded guilty, without a plea agreement, on Sept. 28.