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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Albuquerque Residents Arrested on Federal Heroin and Methamphetamine Trafficking Charges

Defendants Prosecuted as Part of HOPE Initiative which Seeks to Reduce the Number of Opioid-Related Deaths in New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE – Two residents of Albuquerque, N.M., made their initial appearances today in federal court on a criminal complaint charging them with heroin and methamphetamine trafficking offenses.  Joshua Greene, 18, and Kayleb Reyos, 21, remain in custody pending preliminary hearings and detention hearings scheduled for May 19, 2016.

Greene and Reyos were arrested yesterday as the result of a DEA investigation into heroin and methamphetamine trafficking in northwest Albuquerque.  The complaint alleges that Greene and Reyos sold an aggregate of 36 ounces (2.25 pounds) of heroin and 3 ounces (.18 pounds) of methamphetamine to undercover law enforcement agents during a series of transactions occurring between Feb. 4, 2016 and May 4, 2016.  The two men were arrested when the DEA executed a federal search warrant at their residence in northwest Albuquerque.  During the search, the DEA allegedly seized an additional pound of heroin, bulk amounts of cash, a handgun, and drug paraphernalia.

If convicted of the charges in the criminal complaint, Greene and Reyos each face a statutory mandatory minimum of ten years and a maximum of life in federal prison.  Charges in criminal 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.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Kristopher Houghton is prosecuting the case as part of 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, Bernalillo County Commissioner Maggie Hart Stebbins, Albuquerque City Councilor Diane Gibson, 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.

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Drug Trafficking
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Updated May 18, 2016