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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, October 31, 2016

Farmington Man Receives Enhanced Sentence of 90 Months for Federal Heroin Trafficking Conviction

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

ALBUQUERQUE – Allen Goossen, 30, of Farmington, N.M., was sentenced today in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to 90 months in prison for his conviction on heroin trafficking charges.  Goossen will be on supervised release for three years following his prison sentence. 

Goossen, whose crimes of conviction in this case involved only 12 grams of heroin, received an enhanced sentence based on judicial findings that a significant sentence was required to protect the public from Goossen and to promote deterrence.  During sentencing proceedings, the court found clear and convincing evidence that Goossen caused the death of a 26-old-man by injecting him with heroin in Nov. 2013, that the victim’s death was a reasonably foreseeable effect of Goossen’s actions, and that Goossen continued to distribute heroin thereafter.  Goossen has entered a not guilty plea to related state charges arising out of this event, and he is presumed innocent of those charges unless found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Goossen was arrested in Feb. 2016, on a criminal complaint charging him with trafficking heroin in San Juan County, N.M.  According to the complaint, Goossen sold approximately 6.03 grams of heroin to an undercover agent of the HIDTA Region II Narcotics Taskforce on Dec. 17, 2014.  The complaint further alleges that on Jan. 5, 2015, Goossen was in possession of 5.95 grams of heroin packaged in six-single gram packages when he was arrested on a felony arrest warrant.

Goossen was subsequently indicted on March 8, 2016, and charged with distribution of heroin on Dec. 17, 2014, and possession of heroin with intent to distribute on Jan. 5, 2015.  On April 15, 2016, Goossen pled guilty to both counts of the indictment without the benefit of a plea agreement.

The case was investigated by the Albuquerque office of Homeland Security Investigations and the HIDTA Region II Task Force.  The HIDTA Region II Narcotics Task Force is comprised of officers and investigators from the Farmington Police Department, San Juan County Sheriff’s Office, Bloomfield Police Department and Aztec Police Department, and is part of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program that was created by Congress with the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988.  HIDTA is a program of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) which provides assistance to federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies operating in areas determined to be critical drug-trafficking regions of the United States and seeks to reduce drug trafficking and production by facilitating coordinated law enforcement activities and information sharing.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alexander M. Uballez as part of the New Mexico Heroin and Opioid Prevention and Education (HOPE) Initiative.  The HOPE Initiative was launched in January 2015 by the UNM Health Sciences Center and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in response to the national opioid epidemic, which has had a disproportionately devastating impact on New Mexico.  Opioid addiction has taken a toll on public safety, public health and the economic viability of our communities.  Working in partnership with the DEA, the Bernalillo County Opioid Accountability Initiative, Healing Addiction in our Community (HAC), the Albuquerque Public Schools and other community stakeholders, HOPE’s principal goals are to protect our communities from the dangers associated with heroin and opioid painkillers and reducing the number of opioid-related deaths in New Mexico. 

The HOPE Initiative is comprised of five components:  (1) prevention and education; (2) treatment; (3) law enforcement; (4) reentry; and (5) strategic planning.  HOPE’s law enforcement component 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 and opioid trafficking organizations for investigation and prosecution is a priority of the HOPE Initiative.  Learn more about the New Mexico HOPE Initiative at http://www.HopeInitiativeNM.org.

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Drug Trafficking
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Updated October 31, 2016