New Mexico man sentenced to 30 months in prison on weapons-related charge

(Photo supplied/St. Joseph County Jail)

Joshua L. Metts, age 41, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in South Bend on a guilty plea to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Metts was sentenced to 30 months in prison followed by 2 years of supervised release.

According to documents in the case, in October 2021, the staff at the Four Winds Casino in South Bend found a baggie of methamphetamine, cocaine, and fentanyl that Metts had dropped in the casino.

The next day, Metts returned to the casino and was arrested by Pokagon Tribal Police.

Tribal police searched Metts’ vehicle in the parking lot and found a loaded handgun and ammunition along with a small baggie of methamphetamine, syringes, and a tablespoon with fentanyl residue.

Metts has a prior federal felony conviction out of the District of New Mexico, and as such is prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Pokagon Tribal Police Department.

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