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Friday, February 20, 2015

Albuquerque Man Arrested On Federal Methamphetamine Trafficking Charge

ALBUQUERQUE – Michael Stewart, 55, of Albuquerque, N.M., appeared in federal court this morning on a criminal complaint charging him with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.  During his hearing, Stewart entered a not guilty plea to the charge against him and was ordered detained pending trial.

Stewart was arrested on Feb. 19, 2015, after DEA Task Force officers allegedly seized  approximately 611.9 gross grams of methamphetamine and approximately $24,000.00 in cash from him and his vehicle during a traffic stop in northwest Albuquerque.

 If convicted of the charge in the criminal complaint, Stewart faces a sentence of a mandatory minimum ten years in prison and a maximum of life imprisonment.  Charges in complaints are merely accusations and defendants are presumed innocent unless found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

This case was investigated by the Albuquerque office of the DEA, Homeland Security Investigations and the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Shana B. Long.

Updated February 20, 2015