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Albuquerque man arraigned on drug trafficking charges

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

              ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Martin Duran, 49, of Albuquerque, was arraigned in federal court on Nov. 25 for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and heroin and being a felon in possession of ammunition. Duran will remain in custody pending trail.

              According to a criminal complaint, a search of Duran’s home on Oct. 28 revealed individually packaged methamphetamine and heroin, as well as pistol and shotgun ammunition. As a convicted felon, Duran cannot legally possess firearms or ammunition.

              A complaint is only an allegation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. If convicted, Duran faces up to 30 years in prison.

             The FBI Safe Streets Task Force and Violent Crimes Task Force investigated this case as part of the Department of Justice’s Operation Legend, a coordinated federal and local law enforcement initiative to fight gun and dangerous crime. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jon K. Stanford is prosecuting the case.

Updated December 1, 2020

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Press Release Number: 20-230