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For Immediate Release

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July 29, 2011 DUSM Ben Segotta, District of New Mexico (505) 462-2330
Local Police to Benefit from Federal Seizures

Albuquerque, NM - The United States Marshals Service turned over custody of two vehicles, a 2007 Tahoe valued at $20,375 and 2007 Escalade valued at $30,300 to the Albuquerque Police Department.

The Albuquerque Police Department is a participating member in the Drug Enforcement Agency’s Albuquerque District Office Metro Task Force and will participate in the Marshals Services equitable sharing of the 2007 Tahoe and Escalade. The Tahoe and Escalade were seized by the DEA in the course of two investigations in which the vehicles were either used in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime or purchased with funds from illegal sources.

In November of 2010, the Albuquerque, New Mexico Drug Enforcement Administration concluded an investigation into a drug trafficking organization that lead to the arrest of numerous people and seizure of over sixteen pounds of heroin, seven pounds of methamphetamine and approximately $90,000 US Currency. Then in February of 2011, a seizure warrant for the 2007 Tahoe was issued by a Magistrate Judge for the District of New Mexico, and Special Agents with the DEA and Task Force Officers served the warrant for the Tahoe on the basis that money used to purchase the vehicle came, in part, from accounts believed to be laundering cash from narcotic sales in violation of federal law. 

In July of 2009, a White Cadillac Escalade EXT sold approximately 4 ounces of heroin to an Under Cover officer. A subsequent investigation revealed that the registered owner of the White Escalade appeared to be holding and stashing large amounts of currency. Then again in August of 2009, the White Cadillac Escalade EXT truck was used and present when the purchase of 50.5 net grams of heroin. Finally in September of 2009, DEA Special Agents and Task Force Officers went to an address of the Heroin Distributor to return property and to take possession of the White Cadillac Escalade EXT which was used in violations of the Controlled Substances Act.

The Department of Justice Asset Forfeiture Program serves not only to deter crime but also to provide valuable additional resources to state and local law enforcement agencies.  The most important objective of the Program is law enforcement.  Equitable sharing further enhances this law enforcement objective by fostering cooperation among federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. Department of Justice policy requires shared monies and property to be used for law enforcement purposes, such as: 

  • Law enforcement investigations
  • Law enforcement training
  • Law enforcement and detention facilities
  • Law enforcement equipment
  • Drug and gang education and awareness programs
  • Support of community-based programs

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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