Thirty-Three Count Federal Indictments
MAR 30 - Today, as a result of a two year long Drug Enforcement Administration investigation, a 33-Count Superseding Indictment was unsealed charging 20 alleged members and associates of an Albuquerque Street Gang and Drug Trafficking Organization known as the Brew Town Locos (“BTL”) with numerous federal drug trafficking and other offenses. The investigation was led by members of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), and was code-named Itsy Bitsy Spider. OCDETF is a nationwide program that combines the resources and unique expertise of federal agencies, along with their local counterparts, in a coordinated attack against major drug trafficking and money laundering organizations.
This morning, approximately 250 members of law enforcement, from numerous federal, state and local agencies, participated in executing the court ordered arrests of the defendants named in the Superseding Indictment, as well as the execution of 16 early morning court ordered search warrants at various locations in and about the Albuquerque region.
The 33-Count Superseding Indictment charges each of the named defendants with 1) Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances, 2) numerous counts charging Distribution and Possession with Intent to Distribute Controlled Substances, 3) Carrying a Firearm During and in Relation to a Drug Trafficking Crime, and 4) Use of a Telephone to Facilitate a Drug Trafficking Offense. The controlled substances alleged to have been involved in this case include cocaine, cocaine base (“crack”), and marijuana. The Superseding Indictment further alleges that those charged with Conspiracy have engaged in drug trafficking activities since in or about March 2008. Further, the Superseding Indictment also seeks a money judgment of $2,000,000, and forfeiture of certain assets including real property.
If convicted, each of the defendants faces at least a mandatory minimum ten years imprisonment up to a lifetime imprisonment, up to a $4,000,000 fine, and five years of supervised release.
As stated, this case was investigated primarily by the Drug Enforcement Administration, but also with substantial assistance from the Internal Revenue Service, the Albuquerque Police Department, the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department, New Mexico State Police, Rio Rancho Police, the New Mexico Department of Public Safety, and other federal, state and local agencies.
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