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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Mexican National 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 – Nora Asusena Amador-Beltran, 38, a Mexican national illegally in the United States, pleaded guilty today in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to a heroin trafficking charge.  The guilty plea was entered under a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Amador-Beltran was arrested on March 11, 2015, at the Greyhound Bus Station in Albuquerque after DEA agents found approximately 2.64 pounds of heroin concealed in her jacket during a consensual search.  Amador-Beltran was indicted on March 24, 2015, and charged with possession of heroin with intent to distribute.

During today’s proceedings, Amador-Beltran pled guilty to a felony information charging her with possession of heroin with intent to distribute, and admitted that she was in possession of a kilogram of heroin on March 11, 2015.  She further admitted that DEA agents found the heroin while the Greyhound Bus on which she was traveling made a stop in Albuquerque.  Although Amador-Beltran was traveling under a false name, the DEA found identification documents in her true name and $6,400.00 cash in her belongings.

At sentencing, Amador-Beltran faces a statutory maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.  She will be deported after completing her prison sentence.  Amador-Beltran 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 July 23, 2015