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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Maryland Woman Pleads Guilty to Federal Heroin Trafficking Charge in New Mexico

Defendant Prosecuted as Part Of HOPE Initiative which Seeks to Reduce the Number of Opioid-Related Deaths in New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE – Rosalie Theresa Ollivierre, 31, of Baltimore, Md., pleaded guilty this morning in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to a heroin trafficking charge under a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Ollivierre was arrested on Jan. 12, 2015, at the Amtrak Train Station in Albuquerque after a consensual search of her baggage by DEA agents revealed that she was carrying approximately five kilograms of heroin.  Ollivierre subsequently was indicted on Feb. 10, 2015, and charged with possession of heroin with intent to distribute.

During today’s proceedings, Ollivierre pled guilty to a felony information charging her with possession of heroin with intent to distribute.  In entering the guilty plea, Ollivierre admitted that on Jan. 12, 2015, while traveling to Baltimore on an Amtrak train and during a stop in Albuquerque, DEA agents recovered bundles containing approximately five kilograms of heroin from her baggage.

At sentencing, Ollivierre faces a statutory maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison.  Ollivierre remains in custody pending a sentencing hearing which has yet to be scheduled.

This case was investigated by the Interdiction Unit of the DEA’s Albuquerque office which focuses on disrupting the flow of narcotics, weapons, and the proceeds of illegal activities as they are smuggled into or through New Mexico in passenger buses, passenger trains, commercial vehicles and automobiles.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Shana B. Long is prosecuting the case.

This case is being prosecuted pursuant to the New Mexico Heroin and Opioid Prevention and Education (HOPE) Initiative.  The HOPE Initiative is a collaborative effort between the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center that is partnering with the Bernalillo County Opioid Accountability Initiative with the overriding goal of reducing the number of opioid-related deaths in the District of New Mexico.  The HOPE Initiative comprised of five components:  (1) prevention and education; (2) treatment; (3) law enforcement; (4) reentry; and (5) strategic planning.  The law enforcement component of the HOPE Initiative 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 trafficking organizations for investigation and prosecution is a priority of the HOPE Initiative.

Updated May 14, 2015