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Over 100 charged in federal drug trafficking indictments in New Mexico

August 16, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Over 100 charged in federal drug trafficking indictments in New Mexico

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Federal investigators have announced the drug trafficking indictments of over 100 Bernalillo County, New Mexico residents, NBC affiliate KOB4 reported.

Officials said the weapons and drug trafficking indictments unsealed against dozens of co-conspirators are the result of a 4-month investigation by Federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.

Approximately 104 individuals are facing federal prison time for gun and drug trafficking offenses. According to authorities, the investigation also led to the apprehension of two additional suspects who have been charged with two murders that occurred earlier this year.

Damon Martinez, U.S. Attorney, said in a statement: “If you think you can commit crimes in New Mexico with impunity and without consequences, think again.”

Federal investigators believe that the indictment shows a hard and strict position against violent criminals in New Mexico.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) worked with APD, BCSO, Rio Rancho Police Department and New Mexico State Police to target alleged criminals in an investigation that was launched back in April.

Thomas Atteberry, ATF’s Special Agent in Charge, said, “These agents, officers, detectives conducted in excess of 350 law enforcement operations to include undercover operations, search warrants, and arrest warrants.”

Currently, about 94 suspects are in police custody. However, there are an additional 10 people still at-large.

As a result of the operation, law enforcement officials have apprehended 127 firearms, some of which are assault-style firearms.

The raid also led to the seizure of 14 ounces of crack cocaine, over 2.5 pounds of heroin, and 12 pounds of meth.

Officials believe that the drugs came from Arizona, California, and Mexico. Atteberry also stated that the guns are often traded for drugs.

“They trade it for dope, they steal them, they straw purchase, sending people in with clean histories to buy them, you name it,” he said.

Officials confirmed that this is the 9th surge investigation of this kind in the country, but it was New Mexico’s first.

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