California Man Facing Federal Drug Trafficking Charge Arising Out of Seizure of More Than 38 Pounds of Meth in New Mexico
ALBUQUERQUE – A U.S. Magistrate Judge sitting in Albuquerque, N.M., found probable cause yesterday morning to support a criminal complaint charging Edwin Josue Torres, 24, of Sherman Oaks, Calif., with a methamphetamine trafficking offense. Torres was ordered detained pending trial.
Torres was arrested on Sept. 29, 2016, and was charged in a criminal complaint with a methamphetamine trafficking offense after the New Mexico State Police (NMSP) seized approximately 38.25 pounds of methamphetamine from him following a routine traffic stop. The methamphetamine was concealed inside nine individual packages inside two bags in the trunk of Torres’ vehicle. NMSP notified Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) about the seizure, and HSI referred the matter for federal prosecution.
If convicted of the offense against him, Torres faces a statutory minimum penalty of ten years and a maximum of life in prison. The charges against Torres are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent unless found guilty in a court of law.
This case was investigated by the Albuquerque office of HSI and the NMSP. Assistant U.S. Attorney Presiliano Torrez is prosecuting the case.