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California Woman Pleads Guilty to Federal Methamphetamine Trafficking Charge in New Mexico

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE – Gwendolyn Alcazar, 36, of Pasadena, Calif., pled guilty today in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to a methamphetamine trafficking charge.

The Drug Enforcement Administration arrested Alcazar on Feb. 8, 2018, on an indictment charging her with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.  According to the indictment, Alcazar committed the crime on July 11, 2017, in Bernalillo County, N.M. 

During today’s proceedings, Alcazar admitted that she received a one-way train ticket from Los Angeles to Atlanta.  She boarded the train with approximately 900.4 grams (1.99 pounds) of methamphetamine concealed in her luggage.  Alcazar intended to transport the methamphetamine to Atlanta and expected to receive payment at the end of her trip.  However, law enforcement officers confronted her in Albuquerque.  Alcazar gave them a false name and tried to abandon her luggage and flee before the officers arrested her. 

At sentencing, Alcazar faces a mandatory minimum penalty of ten years and a maximum of life in federal prison.  She remains in custody pending a sentencing hearing which 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 Niki Tapia-Brito and Eva Fontanez.

Updated November 27, 2018

Drug Trafficking