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Date: 06-10-2024

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United States of America v. Lazarus Sanders

Case Number: 5:23-cr-01003

Judge: Kenneth J. Gonzales

Court: The United States District Court for the District of New Mexico

Plaintiff's Attorney: The United States Attorney’s Office in Albuquerque

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Albuquerque, New Mexico criminal defense lawyer represented the Defendant charged with Federal Firearms Offense

Hobbs Man Sentenced for Federal Firearms Offense

According to court documents, on August 23, 2022, Lazarus Sanders, 25, discharged a firearm towards the sky from a vehicle in a residential neighborhood in Hobbs, New Mexico. Officers spoke to the residents of the home where Sanders had discharged the handgun and determined that Sanders was in a relationship with the homeowner’s daughter and that they had been in a domestic altercation earlier that day. During the altercation, Sanders pointed a firearm at the homeowner’s daughter.

Officers reviewed home security surveillance footage from a nearby house and observed Sanders in a white four-door vehicle with front-end damage discharge approximately three rounds from a firearm outside a residence. Officers determined that another incident had occurred approximately 40 minutes before where Sanders had discharged one round of ammunition from the vehicle in front of the same house.

The officer provided a description of Sanders’ vehicle to other officers on patrol. A short time later, an officer in the area observed a vehicle that matched the description and conducted a felony traffic stop. The officer observed a firearm in plain view and secured the vehicle pending a search warrant.

Upon executing the search warrant, officers found a Taurus 9mm handgun under the driver’s seat with an extended magazine capable of accepting 17 rounds with an additional chambered round for a total of 18 rounds.

After completing his term of imprisonment, Sanders will be required to serve 3 years of supervised release.

U.S. Attorney Alexander M.M. Uballez and Brendan Iber, Special Agent in Charge of the Phoenix Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, made the announcement today.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Force investigated this case with assistance from the Lea County Drug Task Force and the Hobbs Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Ry Ellison is prosecuting the case.


Defendant was found guilty and sentenced to 71 months in prison. After completing his term of imprisonment, Sanders will be required to serve 3 years of supervised release.

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