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District of New Mexico

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Navajo Man from Fruitland Sentenced for Federal Drug Trafficking Conviction

ALBUQUERQUE – George Begay, 47, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Fruitland, N.M., was sentenced today in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to a year and a day in prison for his conviction on a methamphetamine trafficking charge. Begay will be on supervised release for three years after completing his prison sentence.


Begay was arrested on May 11, 2016, on an indictment charging him with distributing methamphetamine on April 29, 2014, in San Juan County, N.M. On Sept. 28, 2016, Begay pled guilty to the indictment without the benefit of a plea agreement.


This case was investigated by the Albuquerque office of Homeland Security Investigations and the HIDTA Region II Narcotics Task Force. Assistant U.S. Attorney Elaine Y. Ramirez prosecuted the case.


The HIDTA Region II Narcotics Task Force is comprised of officers and investigators from the Farmington Police Department, San Juan County Sheriff’s Office, Bloomfield Police Department, Aztec Police Department and HSI Albuquerque, and is part of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) program was created by Congress with the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988. HIDTA is a program of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) which provides assistance to federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies operating in areas determined to be critical drug-trafficking regions of the United States and seeks to reduce drug trafficking and production by facilitating coordinated law enforcement activities and information sharing.

Drug Trafficking
Indian Country Law and Justice
Updated February 9, 2017