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The Daily Beast
2013/08/24 [NM-wide/Meth] Fact From Fiction. The Devil’s Drug, The True Story of Meth in New
Mexico. By Nick Romeo
Excerpt: In anticipation of the new season of Breaking Bad, Nick Romeo travels to New Mexico to
separate fact from fiction about the meth trade in New Mexico. He speaks to law enforcement and
users about their true life experiences
2019/11/09 [Aztec, Meth, Marijuan/Trafficking] Aztec man accused of trafficking meth after resisting arrest.
Substance found in two bags tested positive for meth. Joshua Kellogg,
Excerpt: An Aztec man is accused of trafficking methamphetamine and resisting arrest after running
away from an Aztec police officer. Bobby Pacheco, 22, was arrested Nov. 2 with the assistance of two
citizens after a foot chase in Aztec, according to the arrest warrant affidavit. He is accused of a
second-degree felony count of trafficking controlled substances along with municipal citations for
drug paraphernalia, unlawful possession of marijuana, concealing identity and shoplifting.
2019/08/25 [Kirtland/Meth/Trafficking] Kirtland man faces multiple meth trafficking charges, allegedly sold
to undercover agent. Woman accused of drug deal in parking lot of Farmington business. Joshua Kellogg,
Excerpt: A Kirtland man is facing multiple drug trafficking charges for selling meth to an undercover
agent, including a purchase aided by woman who allegedly conducted a drug deal in the parking lot
of her employer. Zachariah Shorty, 22, is accused of three felony counts of trafficking a controlled
substance and two felony counts of conspiracy to commit trafficking, according to court documents.
Shorty is accused of three instances of trafficking meth and conspiring with two people to traffic
meth, according to arrest warrant affidavit.
2019/07/26 [San Juan County, NM/Users Meth/Traffickers] Arrests filed accused meth traffickers.The
regional drug enforcement task force has filed 20 arrest warrants in two days By Joshua Kellogg
Excerpt: One suspect, Mikel Cross, 44, faces two counts of trafficking a controlled substance as he
allegedly sold meth to an agent or informant on Jan. 22 and 24. Nanabah Kee, 21, is also accused of a
felony count of tampering with evidence after being accused of hiding a bag of meth on her body in
an attempt to hide it from law enforcement on July 17 in a room at the Anasazi Inn at 903 W. Main St.
in Farmington. Dawn Runyun (Pickard), 39; Tiffany Yazzie, 36; and Summer Poyer, 34, also face felony
counts of conspiracy to commit trafficking a controlled substance. The 15 suspects accused of
trafficking meth are: Ronnie Wabbington, 44; Ronald Ayala, 45; Jose Aranda, 40; Michelle Maley, 53;
Brandy Dimas, 23; Stacy Silentman, 33; Terry Emmons Jr., 34; Allaya Gibbs, 23; Laquita Begaye, 41;
Michael Sandoval, 37; Charlotte Harrison, 35; Becky Kee, 46; Randy Phillips, 54; Thomas Herrera, 33; and
Sondra Kirkendall, 25.
2016/05/12 [Navajo Reservation, NW NM/Meth/Trafficking] Feds indict men trafficking conspiracy
Excerpt: Police say three of the men arrested were ringleaders of a drug trafficking operation that
was responsible for 60 to 70 percent of the meth distributed in San Juan County FARMINGTON —
Eight men are facing federal charges on allegations they were trafficking methamphetamine on the
Navajo reservation and in northwest New Mexico, according to a U.S. Department of Justice press
release. Six of the eight men were arrested Wednesday by agents with Homeland Security
Investigations and the Region II Narcotics Task Force, which is composed of law enforcement officers
from this area, the release states.
2019/01/26 [Socorro/Overview/Traffickers] Multiple Traffickers Snagged. By John Larson
2019/09/12 [Socorro/Heroin/Trafficking] Socorro woman arrested in drug buts. By John Larson
Amy Mendoza, 27…suspected drug trafficking…possession of heroin, fourth degree felony and of drug
paraphernalia..resulting from Operation New Day
2019/09/20 [Las Vegas-Albuq/Poly Drug Trafficking] DEA led multi-agency investigation dismantles major
NM poly drug trafficking org
Excerpt: ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Twelve individuals are facing federal drug trafficking and firearms
charges as the result of a two-year DEA-led multi-agency investigation into a major New Mexico-
based poly-drug trafficking organization allegedly operating between Las Vegas, N.M., and
Albuquerque, N.M., under the alleged leadership of Robert Padilla, 42, of Albuquerque. The
investigation culminated this week when Padilla and eight other defendants were arrested yesterday
and today by teams of federal, state, county, and local law enforcement officers.
2019/02/08 [Southeastern New Mexico/Major Trafficking Org.] Multi-agency investigation dismantles
major drug trafficking organization in southeastern New Mexico
LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Ten people are facing federal drug trafficking charges in New Mexico following an
11-month investigation led by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Lea County Drug Task
Force. Teams of federal, state, county and local law enforcement officers conducted a major law
enforcement operation on Thursday leading to the arrest of five defendants from New Mexico,
Arizona, California, and Texas, and the execution of federal search warrants at residences in La Luz
and Hobbs, New Mexico. Officers arrested another defendant on Feb. 5, 2019, and two defendants on
Feb. 6, 2019. A grand jury previously indicted all of the defendants. During the course of the
investigation, law enforcement authorities seized approximately 53 kilograms of methamphetamine,
354 grams of heroin, and 20 firearms.
2020/02/14 [Deming/Drug charges/Meth/Marijuana/Trafficking/Firearms] Federal search warrants
produce drug-related charges in Deming, NM. By Bill Armendariz
Excerpt: The FBI conducted four federal search warrants at four residences of suspected drug
traffickers. New Mexico Air National Guard helicopters flew low with spotlights while officers and
agents, including the US Border Patrol, Las Cruces/Doña Ana Metro Narcotics Agency, New Mexico
State Police, US Customs and Border Protection executed the simultaneous surprise operation. The
search warrants uncovered over six pounds of methamphetamine and over one pound of marijuana.
Twenty-two firearms were also seized.
2019/08/31 [Laguna Pueblo/Meth, Heroin, THC-Huge] Federal authorities seize $4 million in drugs in New Mexico.
By The Associated Press
Excerpt: Federal officials say officers seized 85 pounds of drugs on a road that runs through a reservation in New
Mexico. Interior Department officials said Thursday that the bust happened within the boundaries of the Laguna
Indian Reservation west of Albuquerque. The drugs purportedly had a street value of more than $4 million. Drugs
seized included 82.8 pounds of methamphetamines, 2.4 pounds of heroin and 2,000 cigarette cartridges with a
THC, the psychoactive element in marijuana.
El Paso TImes
2016/10/11 [Mexicans Across Border Into US Drug smuggling/Cocaine/Heroin/Marijuana/Major Trafficking
Org.] Dozen convicted New Mexico drug ring . By Daniel Borunda
Excerpt: A dozen New Mexico, West Texas and Mexico residents have been convicted in federal court in
connection with a regional drug trafficking group that used "backpackers" and 18-wheelers to smuggle
drugs across the New Mexico border, officials said....Federal agents seized more than $267,000 in drug
profits during a multi-agency investigation of what authorities described as a major Mexican drug
trafficking organization that transported large amounts of marijuana, cocaine and heroin. The U.S.
Attorney's Office in New Mexico said 12 of 20 people indicted a year ago have been arrested and convicted.
Eight other suspects, who are all Mexican citizens, are fugitives.
2018/08/10 [Navajo Reservation, Trafficking/Carjacking/Kidnapping/Murder] Dismantling a Violent Gang
Behind the Scenes of a Rare RICO Case in Indian Country
Excerpt: They called themselves the Red Skin Kingz, or RSK for short. And unlike most gangs on the
sprawling Navajo Nation Indian Reservation that occupies portions of Utah, New Mexico, and Arizona,
this criminal group was highly organized and extremely violent. “Unfortunately, violence in Indian
Country is common,” said Mike Caputo, assistant special agent in charge of the FBI’s Phoenix Field
Office, explaining that the violent crime rate on the nearly 200 Indian reservations within the FBI’s
investigative jurisdiction is about three times the national average. But RSK, whose top leaders were a
mother-son team, “was one of the most violent gangs we have ever seen.” In May 2018, a federal
judge in Phoenix sentenced 28-year-old Devan Leonard to 50 years in prison. His mother, Lucille
Leonard, was given a 10-year sentence, and a third gang leader, 26-year-old Kyle Gray, received a 30-
year prison term. In a rare occurrence, the three were charged with racketeering offenses typically
reserved for the Mafia and other highly structured criminal groups. The Racketeer Influenced and
Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act is a federal statute that provides penalties for actions performed as
part of an ongoing criminal organization. In this case, RSK had been engaged for years in drug
trafficking, carjacking, kidnapping, and murder. “There was a clear hierarchy,” said Special Agent
Bradley Smith, who investigated the case from the FBI’s Gallup Resident Agency in New Mexico. “And
they committed crimes in furtherance of the gang. Within the span of four days in 2014,” Smith said,
“they murdered, dismembered, and burned the bodies of three people.”
2009/01/20 [Espanola/General Drug Info/Modern Historical Perspective] The Drug Capitals of America. By
Excerpt: It may not be surprising that well-known urban centers like New Orleans, Baltimore, and San Francisco
appear on the Forbes list of cities dealing with the worst drug problems in the nation. But some smaller
communities are also facing epic battles with drugs, including tiny Española, N.M. Española is a small city in rural
Rio Arriba county, north of Santa Fe. Its population of roughly 10,000 includes a large Hispanic community, relies
largely on Los Alamos National Lab for employment and struggles with a high poverty rate. This is the U.S. city
that consistently ranks among the top in the nation in drug overdoses, according to federal statistics. It is tough to
find another American city that records 42.5 drug-related deaths per 100,000, compared with a national average
of 7.3. Heroin is the drug of choice in Española, and local health groups are at a loss to explain the high rate of
overdoses despite a longstanding public health effort. In 2001, New Mexico started distributing Narcan, a drug
used to reverse the effects of overdose, and bolstered the program in 2007 by giving out Narcan nasal spray
instead of needles. Also in 2007, the state passed a law granting immunity from prosecution for people in
possession of illegal drugs if they call 911 to seek help for an overdose or take someone to a hospital. "We are
trying to tackle this on a number of fronts," says Deborah Busemeyer of the New Mexico Health Department. "It is
certainly concerning that some of our counties are harder-hit than others."
2016/04/08 [Gallup/Heroin] North Side Gallup man jailed on drug trafficking charge. By Bernie Dotson
A Gallup man was jailed April 7 on a felony drug charge as the result of a multi-agency bust on Black Diamond
Canyon Drive. Lt. Pat Salazar of the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office said Robert Gonzales, 41, of 327 Black
Diamond Canyon Drive, was taken into custody at about 10:45 am on a possession with the intent of trafficking
Governors Org. Crime Commission
1978 (historical record) Drug Abuse and Organized Crime in New Mexico
Grant County Beat
2020/03/12 Local drug trafficker sentenced in Silver City. By Roger Lanse
Excerpt: Gabriel M. Lucero, 32, of Santa Clara, New Mexico, was convicted in Judge Jarod Hofacket’s 6th Judicial
District Court-Silver City on Oct. 3, 2019, in a trial by jury, of trafficking cocaine with intent to distribute. The drug
charges were the result of a 2015 investigation and arrest.
Updates: 2020/05/13 ABC-2019/07/18; 2020/05/07 FBI-RSK-2018 gang material; 2020/05/03 various insertions and editing; 2020/04/27 Brief
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