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April 2014

April 17, 2014

Pawan Kumar Jain Arrested on Charges of Unlawfully Dispensing Prescription Drugs and Health Care Fraud - 111-Count Federal Indictment Alleges that Jain's Over-Prescribing of Opioid Pain Medication Resulted in the Deaths of Two Patients

Former Las Cruces Detective Pleads Guilty to Sexually Assaulting Police Department Intern

Shiprock Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Assault Charges

Kewa Pueblo Man Sentenced to Twelve Years in Federal Prison for Second Degree Murder Conviction

April 15, 2014

STATEMENT FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE CONDEMING
THREATS OF VIOLENCE AGAINST POLICE OFFICERS

April 15, 2014

Navajo Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Child Sexual Abuse Conviction

Zia Pueblo Man Sentenced for Federal Arson Conviction - Defendant Prosecuted as Part of Federal Initiative to Address the Epidemic Incidence of Violence Against Native Women

April 14, 2014

Edgewood Man Charged with Violating Federal Wildlife Laws Prohibiting Sale of Eagle Feathers

Three Shiprock Residents Sentenced to Federal Prison for Sexually Abusing a Navajo Child

April 10, 2014

Las Cruces Man Pleads Guilty to Possession of Forged and Counterfeited Postage Stamps - Defendant to Pay $365,827 in Restitution to U.S. Postal Service

April 10, 2014

April 10, 2014 letter reporting findings of Department of Justice's civil investigtation into the Albuquerque Police Department

April 10, 2014

Remarks as Prepared for Delivery By Acting U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez, District of New Mexico, on the Albuquerque Police Department Investigation

April 10, 2014

Justice Department Releases Investigative Findings On The Albuquerque Police Department

April 10, 2014

Summary of Department of Justice's Findings - Albuquerque Police Department Investigation

April 9, 2014

Former Captain at New Mexico Prison Indicted for Sexual Assaults of Female Inmates and Making False Statements

April 8, 2014

Laguna Pueblo Man Pleads Guilty to Assaulting a Federally Deputized Tribal Police Officer

April 7, 2014

***MEDIA ADVISORY*** Justice Department to Announce Results of Civil Investigation
into Albuquerque Police Department’s Use of Force

April 3, 2014

Non-Indian Man From Santa Fe Pleads Guilty to Embezzling Money Belonging to San Ildefonso Pueblo

Ramah Navajo Man Pleads Guilty to Aggravated Sexual Abuse of Navajo Teenager - Defendant Prosecuted as Part of Federal Initiative to Address the Epidemic Incidence of Violence Against Native Women

Navajo Man Sentenced to Sixty-Three Months in Federal Prison for Assaulting a Kewa Pueblo Woman and Abusing two Children on Nambe Pueblo - Prosecution Brought as Part of a Federal Initiative to Address the Epidemic Incidence of Violence against Native Women

April 2, 2014

Chimayo Woman Sentenced to Three Years in Federal Prison for Heroin Trafficking Conviction

Navajo Woman Sentenced to Eighteen Months for Role in Armed Robbery on the Navajo Indian Reservation - Defendant Participated in Armed Robbery of Sonic Drive-In in Shiprock in Nov. 2012

April 1, 2014

Former Belen Police Department Detective Pleads Guilty to Using Excessive Force Against Arrestee

Navajo Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Involuntary Manslaughter Charge

Albuquerque Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Commercial Armed Robbery, Firearms and Carjacking Charges - Plea Agreement Requires Prison Sentence in the Range of 20 to 25 Years


March 2014

March 31, 2014

Rio Arriba County Man Pleads Guilty to and is Sentenced for Driving While Intoxicated in the Carson National Forest

March 28, 2014

Justice Department Opens Criminal Investigation Into Officer-Involved Shooting in Albuquerque, New Mexico

March 27, 2014

Mescalero Apache Man Sentenced to Prison for Unlawful Possession of Firearms

March 26, 2014

Former Police Officer From Oklahoma Pleads Guilty to Distributing and Possessing Child Pornography

Former Albuquerque Police Department Officer Pleads Guilty to Federal Child Pornography Charge

Crownpoint Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Child Sexual Abuse Charge

Non-Indian Man Pleads Guilty to Sexually Abusing an Indian Child on Laguna Pueblo Land - Plea Agreement Requires Imposition of Fifteen-Year Prison Sentence

Isleta Pueblo Man Sentenced to Ten Years for Discharging a Firearm During a Crime of Violence

March 24, 2014

Laguna Puelbo Man Pleads Guilty to Assaulting his Intimate Parnter by Strangulation - Defendant Prosecuted as Part of Federal Initiative to Address the Epidemic Incidence of Violence Against Native Women

March 21, 2014

Two Grey Hills, N.M., Man Sentenced to More Than Fifteen Years in Federal Prison for Child Sex Assault Conviction

March 20, 2014

Columbus Man Pleads Guilty to Using Official Emergency Vehicle in Furtherance of Alien Smuggling Conspiracy - Defendant’s Brother Previously Pleaded Guilty to Participating in the Conspiracy

Albuquerque Man Sentenced to Fifteen Years in Federal Prison for Being an Armed Career Criminal and Trafficking Heroin - Sanchez Prosecuted as Part of "Worst of the Worst" Anti-Violence Initiative

Las Cruces Man Pleads Guilty to Making Threats Against the President

March 19, 2014

Federal Appellate Court Reverses U.S. District Court Order Granting New Trial for Reese Defendants - Three Members of Reese Family Were Convicted on Federal Firearms Charges in August 2012

March 18, 2014

Laguna Pueblo Man Sentenced to Seventy-Two Months in Federal Prison for Assaulting Acoma Pueblo Woman - Defendant Prosecuted as Part of Federal Initiative to Address
the Epidemic Incidence of Violence Against Native Women

Gallup Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Child Sex Abuse Charge - Plea Agreement Requires Imposition of Twelve to Fourteen Year Sentence

Grants Man Sentenced to Eighty-Four Months in Federal Prison for Unlawful Possession of Firearms - Jimenez Prosecuted as Part of “Worst of the Worst” Anti-Violence Initiative

Jicarilla Apache Man Sentenced to Twenty-Seven Months for Domestic Assault by a Habitual Offender Conviction - Defendant Prosecuted as Part of Federal Initiative to Address the Epidemic Incidence of Violence Against Native Women

March 17, 2014

Santostee Man Pleads Guilty to Assaulting Navajo Teenager - Defendant Prosecuted as Part of Federal Initiative to Address the Epidemic Incidence of Violence Against Native Women

Hobbs Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Methamphetamine Trafficking Charge

Non-Indian Man from Chama Pleads Guilty to Assaulting Jicarilla Apache Woman - Defendant Prosecuted as Part of Federal Initiative to Address the Epidemic Incidence of Violence Against Native Women

March 14, 2014

Navajo Man Sentenced to Twenty Years in Federal Prison for Sexually Abusing a Child in San Ildefonso Pueblo

Albuquerque Man Sentenced to Five Years for Federal Child Pornography Conviction

March 13, 2014

Navajo Man Sentenced to Twenty Years in Federal Prison for Sexually Abusing a Child in San Ildefonso Pueblo

Albuquerque Man Sentenced to Five Years for Federal Child Pornography Conviction

Bloomfield Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Involuntary Manslaugher Charge

Roswell Woman Pleads Guilty to Trafficking Methampethamine in Lea County

Farmington Woman Arraigned on Federal Wire Fraud and Identity Theft Charges

March 12, 2014

Jicarilla Apache Man Pleads Guilty to Involuntary Manslaughter Charges Arising out of DWI
Collision Resulting in two Deaths

Prior Sex Offender Sentenced to Ten Years in Prison for Federal Child Pornography Conviction

March 11, 2014

Navajo Man Sentenced to Seven Years for Brandishing Firearm During a Home Invasion on the Navajo Indian Reservation

Sanostee, N.M., Man Sentenced to Prison for Aggravated Burglary Conviction

Pine Hill Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Child Abuse Charge

Truth or Consequences Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Firearms Charge

Thoreau Man Sentenced to Twenty-Four Months for Unlawful Possession of Unregistered Sawed-Off Shotgun

March 10, 2014

Albuquerque Man Charged With Federal Hate Crime Related to Anti-Semitic Threats Against Businesswoman

March 7, 2014

Another New Yorker Pleads Guilty to Federal Marijuana Trafficking Charges

Albuquerque Man Pleads Guilty to Armed Bank Robbery Spree - Mollohan Prosecuted as Part of "Worst of the Worst" Anti-Violence Initiative

March 5, 2014

Mescalero Apache Man Pleads Guilty to Assault by a Habitual Offender Charges - Defendant Prosecuted as Part of Federal Initiative to Address the Epidemic Incidence of Violence Against Native Women

New York Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Marijuana Trafficking Charge

March 4, 2014

Jemez Pueblo Man Sentenced to Thirty-Two Years in Federal Prison for Second Degree Murder Conviction

Kewa Pueblo Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Statutory Rape Conviction

March 3, 2014

Former State Probation Officer Sentenced to Prison for Sexually Assaulting Woman Under his Supervision

El Paso Man Arrested on Federal Child Exploitation Charges


February 2014

February 28, 2014

Navajo Man From Chi-Chi-Tah, N.M., Pleads Guilty to Assaulting Intimate Partner - Defendant Prosecuted as Part of Federal Initiative to Address the Epidemic Incidence of Violence Against Native Women

February 27, 2014

Federal Jury Finds Belen Man Guilty on Bank Fraud and Conspiracy Charges

Alamo Man Sentenced to Prison for Federal Assault Conviction - Defendant Prosecuted as Part of Federal Initiative to Address the Epidemic Incidence of Violence Against Native Women

Laguna Pueblo Man Sentenced to Thirty Months in Federal Prison for Assault Conviction

Zuni Pueblo Man Pleads Guilty to Brandishing a Firearm During a Crime of Violence

Former Union Official Charged with Embezzling Money from Union

February 26, 2014

Multi-Agency Investigation Leads to Charges Against Twenty-Nine Individuals for Trafficking Drugs in San Juan County

Non-Indian Man From Albuquerque Pleads Guilty to Assaulting Isleta Pueblo Woman - Defendant Prosecuted as Part of Federal Initiative to Address the Epidemic Incidence of Violence Against Native Women

February 24, 2014

Sophia Monique Zayas Pleads Guilty to Child Abuse Resulting in Great Bodily Injury and Subsequent Death of Infant - Zayas' Husband Entered Guilty Plea Last Week to Negligent Child Abuse

Former Non-Indian Employee of the Jicarilla Apache Nation Pleads Guilty to Embezzling Money From the Tribe - Former Comptroller of Jicarilla Apache Nation's Utility Authority Embezzled $214,594.13 in Tribal Funds

February 21, 2014

Federal Jury Finds Non-Indian Man Guilty on Assault and Firearms Charges Arising out of Shooting at Isleta Pueblo Residence

Utah Man Pleads Guilty to Soliciting Gifts and Property Under False Pretenses - Former Hondo Resident Unlawfully Obtained Thousands of Dollars in Merchandise by Falsely Claiming Items were for the U.S. Army

February 20, 2014

Los Alamos Man Pleads Guilty to Bank Robbery and Fleeing From an Immigration Checkpoint

February 19, 2014

Air Force Sergeant Pleads Guilty to Negligent Child Abuse Resulting in Great Bodily Injury and Death - Zayas admits his Negligence Resulted in Death of Infant Daughter

Rehoboth Man Sentenced to Ten Years in Federal Prison for Methamphetamine Trafficking and Firearms Conviction

Albuquerque Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Carjacking and Firearms Charges - Plea Agreement Requires Prison Sentence in the Range of 12 to 20 Years

Albuquerque Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Firearms Charges - Plea Agreement Requires Imposition of Twelve Year Prison Sentence

February 18, 2014

Nicholas Richard Blume Ordered Detained Pending Trial on Federal Firearms Charge - Blume Prosecuted as Part of "Worst of the Worst" Anti-Violence Initiative

Shiprock Man Pleads Guilty to Arson Charge Arising Out of Fire at Former Girlfriend's Residence - Defendant Prosecuted as Part of Federal Initiative to Address the Epidemic Incidence of Violence Against Native Women

Hobbs Man Sentenced to Ninety-Six Months in Federal Prison for Methampethamine Trafficking Conviction

February 12, 2014

Armed Career Offender From Albuquerque Sentenced to Fifteen Years for Illegal Possession of Ammunition - Sandoval Prosecuted as Part of “Worst of the Worst” Anti-Violence Initiative

Albuquerque Felons Sentenced To Federal Prison For Violating Firearms Laws - Two Defendants Prosecuted as Part of Federal Anti-Violence Initiative Targeting “Worst of the Worst” Offenders

Mexican National Sentenced to More Than Fifteen Years for Trafficking Methamphetamine in Roswell - Ruiz Prosecuted as Part of “Worst of the Worst” Anti-Violence Initiative

February 11, 2014

Federal Jury Finds Legal Permanent Resident From China Guilty on Fraud, Immigration and Witness Tampering Charges

Anthony, N.M., Man Pleads Guilty to Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition

Prior Sex Offender Sentenced to Fifteen Years in Prison for Child Pornography Conviction

Kirtland, N.M., Man Sentenced to Ninety-Seven Months in Federal Prison for Sexual Assault Conviction - Defendant Prosecuted as Part of Federal Initiative to Address the Epidemic Incidence of Violence Against Native Women

Las Cruces Man Sentenced to Ten Years in Federal Prison for Methamphetamine Trafficking Conviction

Ojo Amarillo Woman Sentenced to Six Years in Federal Prison for Using a Firearm During an Assault - King Prosecuted as Part of Federal Initiative to Address the Epidemic Incidence of Violence Against Native Women

February 7, 2014

New Mexico Farmer Sentenced to Prison for Tax Fraud, Fraudulently Collecting Farm Subsidies

February 6, 2014

Shiprock Man Pleads Guilty to Statutory Rape Charge

Accountant From Jal, N.M., Sentenced to Sixty-One Months in Federal Prison for Fraud and Identity Theft Conviction - Baeza Also Ordered to Pay $501,927.10 in Restitution to Former Employers

February 5, 2014

Artesia Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Firearms and Methamphetamine Trafficking Charges -
Kimble Prosecuted as Part of “Worst of the Worst” Anti-Violence Initiative

February 4, 2014

San Felipe Pueblo Man Sentenced to Eighty-Seven Months in Federal Prison for Assaulting Intimate Partner Defendant Prosecuted as Part of Federal Initiative to Address the Epidemic Incidence of Violence Against Native Women

Former U.S. Marine Reservist Sentenced to Five Years for Federal Child Pornography Conviction

February 3, 2014

Laguna Pueblo Man Pleads Guilty to Domestic Assault by a Habitual Offender Charge - Defendant Prosecuted as Part of Federal Initiative to Address the Epidemic Incidence of Violence Against Native Women


January 2014

January 30, 2014

Carlsbad Man Pleads Guilty to Hobbs Act Robbery

January 28, 2014

Mescalero Apache Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Assault Charge

Mescalero Apache Man Pleads Guilty to Statutory Rape Charge

Albuquerque Man Pleads Guilty to Robbing Wells Fargo Bank Branch at Gunpoint in September 2013

January 27, 2014

Federal Jury Finds Albuquerque Man Guilty on Production of Child Pornography Charges

Mescalero Apache Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Child Sexual Abuse Charge

Non-Native Man From Albuquerque Sentenced to Prison for Assaulting a Tribal Officer on Taos Pueblo

January 24, 2014

Forty Individuals Facing Drug Trafficking and Firearms Charges as the Result of a Multi-Agency Investigation in Southeastern New Mexico

January 23, 2014

Armed Career Criminal From Corrales Sentenced to Fifteen Years in Prison for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm - Felon with Thirteen Prior Felony Convictions Prosecuted Under Federal “Worst of the Worst” Anti-Violence Initiative

January 22, 2014

Former Executive Director of Albuquerque-Based Halfway House Sentenced to Two Years in Federal Prison for Conviction on Embezzlement and Tax Charges - Robin Cash Also Ordered to Pay $202,775 in Restitution to the Victim of her Embezzlement Scheme and $66,575 in Tax Loss to the IRS

Iyanbito, N.M., Woman Sentenced to Prison for Involuntary Manslaughter Conviction Involving the Death of a Child

January 21, 2014

Navajo Man From Arizona Sentenced to Forty-Six Months for Assaulting Federally Commissioned Tribal Officer

January 17, 2014

Isleta Pueblo Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Assault Charge

Indiana Man Sentenced to Two Years in Prison and Ten Years of Supervision for Failing to Update Sex Offender Registration

Mentmore, N.M., Woman Sentenced to Sixty-Three Months in Prison for Voluntary Manslaughter Conviction

January 16, 2014

Former Executive Director of Taos County Housing Authority Sentenced to Thirty Months in Prison for Conspiracy o Steal Federal Funds - Husband/Co-Conspirator Sentenced to Twenty-Four Months in Prison Couple Also Ordered to Pay $786,014.04 in Restitution

Two Men Ordered to Pay $1000 Fines for Bringing Loaded Firearms Into Inspection Area in Albuquerque Airport

January 13, 2014

Zia Pueblo Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Arson Charge - Defendant Prosecuted as Part of Federal Initiative to Address the Epidemic Incidence of Violence Against Native Women

January 9, 2014

Albuquerque Man Sentenced to Five Years in Prison and a Lifetime of Supervised Release for Child Pornography Conviction

Albuquerque Man Sentenced to More Than Fifteen Years in Federal Prison for Child Pornography Conviction

Santa Clara Pueblo Man Sentenced to Forty-Two Months in Prison for Assaulting Intimate Partner - Defendant Prosecuted as Part of Federal Initiative to Address the Epidemic Incidence of Violence Against Native Women

Albuquerque Man Pleads Guilty to Distributing Child Pornography - Plea Agreement Requires Imposition of Ten to Fifteen Year Prison Sentence

Non-Indian Resident of Pojoaque Pueblo Sentenced to Five Years in Federal Prison for Child Pornography Conviction

New Mexico U.S. Attorney’s Office Collects More Than $14 Million in Civil and Criminal Actions for U.S. Taxpayers in Fiscal Year 2013

January 8, 2014

Artesia Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Firearms Charges

Shiprock Man Sentenced to Forty-One Months for Federal Assault Conviction

January 7, 2014

Anthony, N.M., Man Pleads Guilty to Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition

Owner of Hobbs Gun Shop and His Parents Plead Guilty to Federal Firearms Charges - Plea Agreements Require Defendants to Serve Prison Sentences and Forfeit 165 Firearms, More than 25,000 Rounds of Ammunition and 6 Silencers

Mexican National Sentenced to Ten Years in Federal Prison for Methamphetamine Trafficking and Firearms Conviction

Non-Indian Man Sentenced to Probation for Assaulting an Indian Child

Former Casino Employee and Wife Sentenced to Probation for Scheme to Embezzle Money From Casino - Couple Also Ordered to Pay $72,830.43 in Restitution to Santa Ana Star Casino

Transient Sentenced to Fifty-One Months in Federal Prison for Robbing Albuquerque Bank in March 2013

Albuquerque Man Sentenced to Ten Years in Federal Prison for Child Enticement Conviction

Truth or Consequences Woman Pleads Gulty to Prescription Drug Trafficking Charges

Laguna Pueblo Man Pleads Guilty to Domestic Assault by a Habitual Offender Charge - Defendant Prosecuted as Part of Federal Initiative to Address the Epidemic Incidence of Violence Against Native Women

Non-Indian Man Pleads Guilty to Assaulting an Indian During a Home Invasion on Santa Clara Pueblo

January 3, 2014

Espanola Man Pleads Guilty to Robbing Espanola Bank in September 2013

Jicarilla Apache Man Pleads Guilty to Involuntary Manslaughter Charge


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