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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Las Cruces man arraigned on federal charges related to shooting death

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Alexander M.M. Uballez, United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico, and Raul Bujanda, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office, announced today that Rudy Garcia was arraigned on a five-count indictment. Garcia, 35, of Las Cruces, New Mexico, will remain in custody pending trial, which has not been scheduled.

A federal grand jury indicted Garcia on June 22. According to the indictment, on Jan. 25, Garcia allegedly shot and killed another man during a drug deal involving fentanyl. The indictment charges Garcia with conspiracy, distribution of fentanyl, using a firearm during a drug trafficking crime and in furtherance of such a crime, discharging a firearm during a drug trafficking crime resulting in death, and being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. At the time of the alleged offenses, Garcia was a convicted felon and could not legally possess a firearm or ammunition.

An indictment is only an allegation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. If convicted on all counts, Garcia faces up to life in prison or death.

The Las Cruces Resident Agency of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office investigated this case with assistance from the Las Cruces Police Department. Assistant United States Attorneys Randy M. Castellano and Matthew Ramirez are prosecuting the case.

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Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Press Release Number: 
22-158
Updated July 13, 2022