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Colorado Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug Trafficking Charge in New Mexico

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Mexico
Charge Arises Out of DEA Seizure of More Than Six Pounds of Methamphetamine at Greyhound Bus Station in Albuquerque

ALBUQUERQUE – Adrian Chavez, 24, of Greeley, Colo., pled guilty today in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to a methamphetamine trafficking charge.


The DEA arrested Chavez in Aug. 2016, after seizing approximately 2.80 kilograms (6.27 pounds) of crystal methamphetamine from him during an interdiction investigation at the Greyhound Bus Station in Albuquerque.  The methamphetamine was contained in five clear plastic containers inside Chavez’s backpack.


Chavez subsequently was indicted on Aug. 23, 2016, and was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute on Aug. 12, 2016, in Bernalillo County, N.M.


During today’s change of plea hearing, Chavez pled guilty to a felony information charging him with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.  In entering the guilty plea, Chavez admitted that on Aug. 12, 2016, he possessed methamphetamine that was concealed inside five plastic containers wrapped with grey duct tape inside his backpack. 


At sentencing, Chavez faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison.  A sentencing hearing has yet to be scheduled.


This case was investigated by the Albuquerque office of the DEA and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul H. Spiers.

Updated November 1, 2017

Drug Trafficking