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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, December 8, 2016

Mexican National Sentenced to Ten Years in Prison for Federal Heroin Trafficking Conviction

Prosecuted Under HOPE Initiative that Seeks to Reduce Opioid-Related Deaths in New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE – Martin Segoviano-Fierro, 35, a Mexican national, was sentenced today in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to 120 months in prison for his heroin trafficking conviction.  Segoviano-Fierro will be deported following his prison sentence.

Segoviano-Fierro was arrested in Sept. 2015, and charged by criminal complaint with possession of heroin with intent to distribute in Bernalillo County, N.M., on Sept. 9, 2015.  According to the complaint, law enforcement officers discovered approximately one kilogram of heroin in the trunk of the vehicle in which Segoviano-Fierro was a passenger during a routine traffic stop.

Segoviano-Fierro was subsequently indicted on Oct. 7, 2015, on the same charge.  On March 23, 2016, Segoviano-Fierro pled guilty to the indictment and admitted that on Sept. 9, 2015, he transported more than 100 grams of heroin into Albuquerque and was to be paid $5,000 for the delivery.

This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and the New Mexico State Police.  Assistant U.S. Attorney David M. Walsh is prosecuting the case as part of the New Mexico Heroin and Opioid Prevention and Education (HOPE) Initiative.  The HOPE Initiative was launched in January 2015 by the UNM Health Sciences Center and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in response to the national opioid epidemic, which has had a disproportionately devastating impact on New Mexico.  Opioid addiction has taken a toll on public safety, public health and the economic viability of our communities.  Working in partnership with the DEA, the Bernalillo County Opioid Accountability Initiative, Healing Addiction in our Community (HAC), the Albuquerque Public Schools and other community stakeholders, HOPE’s principal goals are to protect our communities from the dangers associated with heroin and opioid painkillers and reducing the number of opioid-related deaths in New Mexico. 

The HOPE Initiative is comprised of five components:  (1) prevention and education; (2) treatment; (3) law enforcement; (4) reentry; and (5) strategic planning.  HOPE’s law enforcement component 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 and opioid trafficking organizations for investigation and prosecution is a priority of the HOPE Initiative.  Learn more about the New Mexico HOPE Initiative at http://www.HopeInitiativeNM.org.

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Drug Trafficking
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Updated December 8, 2016