Albuquerque Man Sentenced to Five Years for Federal Heroin Trafficking Conviction
Defendant Prosecuted as Part of HOPE Initiative which Seeks to Reduce the Number of Opioid-Related Deaths in New Mexico
ALBUQUERQUE – Christopher Craig, 26, of Albuquerque, N.M., was sentenced today in federal court to 60 months in prison for his conviction on a heroin trafficking charge. Craig will be on supervised release for four years after completing his prison sentence.
Craig was arrested in Feb. 2016, on a criminal complaint charging him with possessing heroin with intent to distribute on Feb. 17, 2016, in Sandoval County, N.M. According to the complaint, Craig attempted to sell approximately 205.8 grams of heroin to law enforcement officers. At the time of his arrest, Craig was on supervised release for a 2010 conviction for possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Craig was subsequently indicted on March 8, 2016, on a heroin trafficking charge.
On Sept. 8, 2016, Craig pled guilty to the indictment and admitted that on Feb. 17, 2016, he arranged to sell a half pound of heroin in exchange for $5,000. Craig further admitted that when he was arrested, he was in possession of 205.8 grams of heroin, which he intended to sell.
This case was investigated the Albuquerque office of the FBI, the New Mexico State Police and the Rio Rancho Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Presiliano Torrez prosecuted the case pursuant to the New Mexico Heroin and Opioid Prevention and Education (HOPE) Initiative. The HOPE Initiative was launched in January 2015 by the UNM Health Sciences Center and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in response to the national opioid epidemic, which has had a disproportionately devastating impact on New Mexico. Opioid addiction has taken a toll on public safety, public health and the economic viability of our communities. Working in partnership with the DEA, the Bernalillo County Opioid Accountability Initiative, Healing Addiction in our Community (HAC), the Albuquerque Public Schools and other community stakeholders, HOPE’s principal goals are to protect our communities from the dangers associated with heroin and opioid painkillers and reducing the number of opioid-related deaths in New Mexico.
The HOPE Initiative is comprised of five components: (1) prevention and education; (2) treatment; (3) law enforcement; (4) reentry; and (5) strategic planning. HOPE’s law enforcement component is led by the Organized Crime Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the DEA in conjunction with their federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement partners. Targeting members of major heroin and opioid trafficking organizations for investigation and prosecution is a priority of the HOPE Initiative. Learn more about the New Mexico HOPE Initiative at http://www.HopeInitiativeNM.org.