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Taos County Man Pleads Guilty to Oxycodone Trafficking Charge

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Mexico
Defendant Prosecuted Under HOPE Initiative which Seeks to Reduce Opioid-Related Deaths in New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE – Joseph Cordova, 30, of Chamisal, N.M., pled guilty today in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to an Oxycodone trafficking charge. The plea agreement recommends that Cordova be sentenced to a 48-month prison sentence followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court.


Cordova was arrested on Sept. 30, 2016, on an indictment charging him with possessing Oxycodone, heroin, cocaine and methadone with intent to distribute. The indictment alleged that Cordova committed the crimes on June 5, 2016, in Taos County, N.M.


During today’s proceedings, Cordova pled guilty to Count 1 of the indictment charging him with possessing Oxycodone with intent to distribute. In entering the guilty plea, Cordova admitted that on June 5, 2016, officers of the New Mexico State Police found more than 1,000 Oxycodone pills while searching Cordova’s vehicle. Cordova admitted that he intended to distribute the pills to others. A sentencing hearing has yet to be scheduled.


This case was investigated by the Albuquerque office of the DEA and the New Mexico State Police. Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter J. Eicker 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

Updated June 6, 2017

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