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Drug trafficker sentenced to 10 months in prison

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

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Alexander M.M. Uballez, United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico, announced that Andy Cordova was sentenced on Sept. 20 to 10 months in prison. Cordova, 33, of Santa Cruz, New Mexico, pleaded guilty on March 2 to possession with intent to distribute heroin.

On July 5, 2020, Cordova was detained by Ohkay Owingeh Casino and Hotel security personnel on suspicion of possessing or distributing drugs on the premises. Cordova was arrested for drug trafficking after law enforcement executed a search warrant for his hotel room and discovered 16.96 grams of heroin.

Upon his release from prison, Cordova will be required to successfully complete treatment at the Santa Fe Recovery Center. Cordova also will be subject to three years of supervised release, to include outpatient mental health counseling.

The Santa Fe Resident Agency of the FBI investigated this case with assistance from the Ohkay Owingeh Police Department and New Mexico State Police. Assistant United States Attorney Alexander F. Flores prosecuted the case.

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Updated September 21, 2022

Drug Trafficking
Press Release Number: 22-205