Las Cruces Woman Sentenced to Prison for Federal Heroin Trafficking Conviction
Defendant Prosecuted as Part of HOPE Initiative which Seeks to Reduce the Number of Opioid-Related Deaths in New Mexico
ALBUQUERQUE – Alejandra Gomez, 29, of Las Cruces, N.M., was sentenced today in federal court to 33 months in prison for her conviction on a heroin trafficking charge. Gomez will be on supervised release for three years after completing her prison sentence.
Gomez was arrested in Sept. 2015, on a criminal complaint charging her with distributing heroin in Doña Ana County, N.M. According to the criminal complaint, Gomez sold an aggregate of 241.6 grams of heroin to an undercover law enforcement agent on three occasions in July and Aug. 2015. On Sept. 9, 2015, law enforcement officers executed a federal search warrant on Gomez’s residence where they seized two firearms.
Gomez subsequently was indicted on Dec. 9, 2015, and charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin from July 2, 2015 through Aug. 19, 2015 and distributing heroin on July 2, 2015, July 16, 2015, and Aug. 19, 2015. According to the indictment, Gomez committed the crimes in Doña Ana County.
On July 13, 2016, Gomez pled guilty to a felony information charging her with conspiracy to possess heroin with intent to distribute. In entering the guilty plea, Gomez admitted that she distributed heroin to an undercover DEA agent on the following dates: on July 2, 2015, she distributed 12.9 grams of heroin; on July 16, 2015, she distributed 48.3 grams of heroin; and on Aug. 9, 2015 she distributed 68.5 grams of heroin.
This case was investigated by the Las Cruces office of the DEA. Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Beck of the U.S. Attorney’s Las Cruces Branch Office is prosecuting the case 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.