Albuquerque Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Methamphetamine Trafficking Charge
ALBUQUERQUE – Deluvino Elias Salazar, 30, of Albuquerque, N.M., pleaded guilty this morning to an indictment charging him with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute under a plea agreement that requires the imposition of a 135-month prison sentence.
Salazar was arrested on Oct. 7, 2012, as the result of a law enforcement operation by agents of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and officers of the Albuquerque Police Department’s Westside Narcotics Unit. During the operation, officers observed Salazar place a plastic bag into a vehicle and get into the front passenger seat. Shortly thereafter, the officers executed a traffic stop on the vehicle and seized the plastic bag, which held three plastic containers filled with methamphetamine.
In his plea agreement, Salazar admitted that on Oct. 7, 2012, he met with an individual who, unbeknownst to him, was a confidential informant with the intention of distributing methamphetamine to him. Salazar further admitted bringing a plastic bag holding three plastic containers which contained methamphetamine to the meeting. Salazar also acknowledged that a forensic chemist determined that the plastic containers held an aggregate of 1330.89 grams of methamphetamine, including 998.16 grams of pure methamphetamine.
This case was investigated by the Albuquerque office of HSI and the Albuquerque Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Holland S. Kastrin and Novaline D. Wilson.