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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Mexico

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Albuquerque Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Methamphetamine Trafficking Charge

Defendant Faces Mandatory Minimum Sentence of Ten Years in Prison

ALBUQUERQUE – Marcos Montoya, Jr., 28, of Albuquerque, N.M., pled guilty today in federal court to a methamphetamine trafficking charge under a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.


Montoya was arrested in Dec. 2015, on a two-count indictment charging him with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute on Feb. 20, 2015, and maintaining a place for the purpose of storing, distributing and using methamphetamine and marijuana from Dec. 2014 through Feb. 20, 2015. According to the indictment, Montoya committed both crimes in Bernalillo County, N.M.


During today’s change of plea hearing, Montoya pled guilty to possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and admitted that on Feb. 20, 2015, he possessed more than 500 grams of methamphetamine which he intended to distribute to other people. Montoya further admitted that he stored most of the methamphetamine in a storage locker, but sold some of the drugs out of his house in Bernalillo County.


The statutory penalty for the crime to which Montoya pleaded guilty is a minimum of ten years and a maximum of life in federal prison. A sentencing hearing has yet to be scheduled.


This case was investigated by the Albuquerque office of the DEA and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Paul Mysliwiec and Letitia C. Simms.

Drug Trafficking
Updated January 17, 2017