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

Friday, February 3, 2017

Mexican National Facing Federal Charge Arising Out of Seizure of Ten Pounds of Methamphetamine

ALBUQUERQUE – Earlier this week, a U.S. Magistrate Judge sitting in Albuquerque, N.M., found probable cause to support a methamphetamine trafficking charge against Juan Carlos Corral-Garcia. Today the Magistrate Judge ordered Corral-Garcia, 28, a Mexican national illegally in the United States, detained pending trial based on findings that he poses a risk of flight and danger to the community.


Corral-Garcia is charged by criminal complaint with possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute. The criminal complaint alleges that Corral-Garcia committed the crime on Jan. 27, 2017 in Bernalillo County, N.M. According to the complaint, a New Mexico State Police officer allegedly found 10.03 kilograms (22.12 pounds) of methamphetamine in Corral-Garcia’s vehicle during a routine traffic stop. The methamphetamine allegedly was contained in four clear packages each of which contained 20 smaller packages of methamphetamine.


If convicted of the charge against him, Corral-Garcia faces a statutory minimum penalty of ten years and a maximum of life in federal prison. Charges in criminal complaints are merely accusations and defendants are presumed innocent unless found guilty in a court of law.


This case was investigated by Homeland Security investigations and the New Mexico State Police. Assistant U.S. Attorney Samuel A. Hurtado is prosecuting the case.

Drug Trafficking
Updated February 3, 2017