Federal fugitive surrenders to u.S. marshals
United States Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales and United States Marshal Conrad Candelaria announced that, last night, federal fugitive Luis Carlos Ruiz-Torres surrendered to the United States Marshals Service at the Santa Teresa Port of Entry. Ruiz-Torres, 32, a Mexican national charged with federal narcotics trafficking offenses, absconded from the jurisdiction on or about December 10, 2010. He is scheduled to appear before Magistrate Judge Lorenzo F. Garcia at the federal courthouse in Albuquerque at 9:30 a.m. on January 7, 2011.
As previously reported, Ruiz-Torres and nineteen co-defendants were charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine, cocaine base and marijuana in a 33-count federal indictment filed on March 23, 2010. If convicted of the charges against him, Ruiz-Torres faces a minimum ten-year term of imprisonment and a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. On April 2, 2010, the United States District court released Ruiz-Torres on certain conditions, including the requirement that he wear a GPS Electronic Monitoring Device, and submit to the close supervision of Pre-Trial Services pending trial. On December 10, 2010, the United States District Court issued an arrest warrant for Ruiz-Torres after he violated the conditions of his release by unlawfully removing his electronic monitoring device, and absconding from the supervision of Pre-Trial Services.
United States Attorney Gonzales and United States Marshal Candelaria thank the media and public for any assistance they may have provided that led Ruiz-Torres to surrender himself. United States Attorney Gonzales reminds the public that an indictment is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.