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New Mexico Man Indicted for Possessing - with Intent to Distribute - 47 Pounds of Fentanyl

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Arizona

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Luis Angel Pulido, 22, of Rio Rancho, New Mexico, was indicted by a federal grand jury last week on one count of Possession with Intent to Distribute Fentanyl.

The indictment alleges that, on or about April 7, 2024, Pulido knowingly and intentionally possessed with the intent to distribute a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of fentanyl, a Schedule II controlled substance. Pulido was stopped on Interstate 40, on the Navajo Nation Indian Reservation, in Sanders, Arizona, after committing civil traffic violations. During the traffic stop, a drug‑sniffing canine alerted on Pulido’s vehicle. Bureau of Indian Affairs officers searched the vehicle and discovered approximately 47 pounds of fentanyl pills hidden in the trunk.

Possession with Intent to Distribute Fentanyl carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of up to $1,000,000, and up to lifetime supervised release.

Bureau of Indian Affairs is conducting the investigation in this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Genevieve Ozark, District of Arizona, Phoenix, is handling the prosecution.

CASE NUMBER:            CR-24-08044-PCT-DWL
RELEASE NUMBER:    2024-061_Pulido

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Zach J. Stoebe
Telephone: (602) 514-7413

Updated May 13, 2024

Drug Trafficking
Press Release Number: 2024-061_Pulido