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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Man from Albuquerque faces federal firearm and ammunition possession charges

           ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Isaiah Matthew Chavez, 29, of Albuquerque, New Mexico has been charged in a criminal complaint with possession of a firearm and ammunition by a person under indictment.  Chavez will make his initial appearance in federal court on April 16. 

           According to the complaint, Chavez allegedly possessed two pistols and ammunition in a bedroom closet at his home in Albuquerque when law enforcement agents searched the location pursuant to a search warrant on April 15.  Chavez is forbidden by federal law from possessing these items because he is under indictment in New Mexico state court for aggravated assault on a peace officer with a deadly weapon, resisting, evading, or obstructing an officer, and reckless driving.  

            Chavez is currently in custody pending a detention hearing.   He faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted. A criminal complaint is only an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

            The FBI Violent Crime Task Force (VCTF) investigated this case.  The VCTF was created in 2019 with agents and officers from the FBI, New Mexico State Police, Albuquerque Police Department, and Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office, and recently added representatives from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, New Mexico Corrections Department, and Santa Fe Adult Correctional Facility.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Letitia Simms is prosecuting the case.

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Press Release Number: 
20-067
Updated April 15, 2020