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Jicarilla Apache Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug Trafficking Charges

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

ALBUQUERQUE – Jordan Vigil, 27, a member of the Jicarilla Apache Nation who resides in Dulce, N.M., pleaded guilty this morning to a two-count indictment charging him with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, and possession of psilocin (mushrooms) with intent to distribute.  Vigil entered his guilty plea without the benefit of any plea agreement.

Vigil was arrested on Jan. 18, 2013, following the filing of the indictment on Jan. 10, 2013.  The indictment alleges that Vigil was in possession of distribution amounts of marijuana and psilocin on March 10, 2012, in Rio Arriba County.  This morning, Vigil entered a guilty plea to the indictment.

At sentencing, Vigil faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison on the marijuana charge and twenty years on the psilocin charge.  His sentencing hearing has yet to be scheduled.

The case was investigated by the Farmington office of the FBI and the Jicarilla Apache Tribal Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Elaine Y. Ramirez.

Updated January 26, 2015