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Navajo woman sentenced to 33 months in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute heroin in Indian Country

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Mexico

           ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Savannah Secatero, 37, of Alamo, New Mexico was sentenced today in federal court in Albuquerque to 33 months in prison followed by 3 years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute heroin.

          Secatero previously pled guilty to this offense on Dec. 11, 2019.  According to her plea agreement, Secatero admitted receiving weekly shipments of heroin at her home on the Navajo Nation Alamo Reservation from August to December 2017.  Secatero sold the heroin locally.  On Dec. 18, 2017, Secatero possessed a handgun, drug ledger, and drug packaging at her residence while waiting for more heroin to arrive. 

          The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Navajo Nation Police Department investigated this case.  Assistant U.S. Attorney David P. Cowen prosecuted the case.

Updated July 7, 2020

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: 20-117