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Man Charged with Federal Drug Offense

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

ALBUQUERQUE – Alexander M.M. Uballez, United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico, and Raul Bujanda, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Albuquerque Field Office, announced that Jeremy Isaac Lopez appeared in federal court on a criminal complaint charging him with possession with intent to distribute a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine. Lopez, 28, will remain in temporary custody pending a detention hearing.

According to the criminal complaint, on April 19, 2023, officers from the Pueblo of Pojoaque Tribal Police Department attempted to detain Lopez at the Cities of Gold Casino in Santa Fe on a arrest warrant for failure to comply with his conditions of release related to a pending state armed robbery charge. Officers observed Lopez inside the casino and followed him outside to his car where he got in the driver’s seat of a car. When officers commanded Lopez to exit the vehicle, Lopez put the vehicle in drive and accelerated forward, smashing into a parked vehicle. Officers contained and disabled the vehicle. Lopez was then removed from the vehicle and placed under arrest.

A search incident to the arrest located approximately 12 grams of suspected methamphetamines, on Lopez’s person as well as an additional 7 grams of suspected Heroin and 53 grams of suspected Fentanyl in the vehicle.

A criminal complaint is only an allegation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. If convicted of the most serious allegation, Lopez faces 20 years in prison.

The Santa Fe Resident Agency of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office investigated this case with the assistance of the Pueblo of Pojoaque Tribal Police Department and Espanola Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert James Booth II is prosecuting the case.

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Updated January 8, 2024

Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: 24-12