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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, March 11, 2015

California Man Sentenced for Federal Heroin Trafficking Conviction in New Mexico

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

ALBUQUERQUE – Curtis Wallace Pack, Jr., 31, of San Diego, Calif., was sentenced this morning in federal court in Santa Fe, N.M., to 60 months in prison followed by four years of supervised release for his heroin trafficking conviction.

Pack was arrested on Sept. 12, 2013, at the Greyhound Bus Station in Albuquerque, N.M., after a consensual search by DEA agents revealed that Pack had concealed bundles containing approximately .95 kilograms of heroin inside a gift-wrapped package.  Pack subsequently was indicted on Oct. 9, 2013, and charged with possession of heroin with intent to distribute.

Pack entered a guilty plea to the indictment on March 14, 2014, and admitted possessing the heroin with the intent to distribute in Bernalillo County, N.M.

This case was investigated by the Interdiction Unit of the DEA’s Albuquerque office, which focuses on disrupting the flow of narcotics, weapons, and the proceeds of illegal activities as they are smuggled into or through New Mexico in passenger buses, passenger trains, commercial vehicles and automobiles.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Mysliwiec prosecuted the case.

This case was prosecuted pursuant to the New Mexico Heroin and Opioid Prevention and Education (HOPE) Initiative.  The HOPE Initiative is a collaborative effort between the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center that is partnering with the Bernalillo County Opioid Accountability Initiative with the overriding goal of reducing the number of opioid-related deaths in the District of New Mexico.  The HOPE Initiative comprised of five components:  (1) prevention and education; (2) treatment; (3) law enforcement; (4) reentry; and (5) strategic planning.  The law enforcement component of the HOPE Initiative 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 trafficking organizations for investigation and prosecution is a priority of the HOPE Initiative.

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Updated March 11, 2015