- Associated Press - Friday, February 20, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - An Albuquerque man accused of methamphetamine trafficking has pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors say 55-year-old Michael Stewart appeared in federal court Friday morning.

After entering his plea, Stewart was ordered detained pending trial.

Stewart was arrested Thursday after federal drug task force officers say they seized nearly 612 grams of methamphetamine and about $24,000 in cash from him and his vehicle during a traffic stop in northwest Albuquerque.

Prosecutors say Stewart faces a sentence of 10 years to life in prison if he’s convicted of the charge in the criminal complaint.

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