41 Suspects Facing Drug Trafficking Charges in Albuquerque
Authorities in Albuquerque New Mexico have announced major arrest concluding an 8 month, multi-agency operation which included officials from the FBI and DEA.
KOB reports that 41 suspects face drug trafficking charges in Albuquerque in association with a massive drug methamphetamine trafficking organization. The investigation leading to the arrest included New Mexico State police officers, police from Roswell and Chaves County Sheriff’s officers and was specifically focused toward the organization.
While it is always our hope to keep drugs off the streets, a 41 person arrest is staggering. Police in Florida recently had a similar success, but nothing in comparison to the number of arrests in this case. With such a large party the fact that they managed it after only 8 months of investigating is actually pretty impressive. Officers working on the investigation served 14 search warrants on 11 homes seizing 5,600 grams of meth, $36,000, and a small armory of weapons.
Of the 41 suspects, 20 face state charges and 21 face federal charges. Five of the suspects were arrested in July while the others were rounded within the last few days.
Yet despite the massive arrest, federal officials are still looking for five fugitives wanted in associating with the meth trafficking operation. Their names are Susana Ceballos, Christopher Larez, Ty Livingston, Gerald Sentell, and Joseph Vallejos. They’re asking that anyone with information on their whereabouts come forward and report it to the FBI.
The arrest and seizure of 350 pounds of methamphetamine is a huge success for officials in Albuquerque. The city has struggled with the meth abuse for a number of years, unable to shake its reputation as “the meth capital of the U.S.” The metropolitan area of just under one million people is in the top five percent most dangerous cities in America. This kind of large scale success is working toward the ultimate goal of cleaning up the streets and reputation of the city.
Image: “A Beautiful Macro Shot of Crystal Methamphetamine in a Black Background” by Radspunk. Licensed under CC by 3.o.
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