Tucumcari Man Sentenced for Federal Methamphetamine Trafficking Conviction
Member of Curry County Methamphetamine Trafficking Ring Sentenced to Federal Prison
ALBUQUERQUE – Alexander Page, 28, of Tucumcari, N.M., was sentenced today in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to 27 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for his methamphetamine trafficking conviction.
Page and his co-defendants, Michael Montoya, 37, Brian Acuna, 24, and Dianna Hernandez-Trujillo, 24, all of Clovis, N.M., were arrested in Nov. 2013, on a six-count indictment charging them with trafficking methamphetamine in three New Mexico counties. The indictment charged all four defendants with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in Curry County, N.M., between Oct. 2007 and Nov. 2013. It also charged Montoya with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute on Oct. 11, 2011 in Curry County; Montoya and Acuna, and Hernandez-Trujillo with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute on March 27, 2012, in Cibola County; and Montoya and Page with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute on Nov. 7, 2012, in Socorro County. Montoya was also charged with money laundering for purchasing a residence with money derived from a drug trafficking activity on Sept. 22, 2010, and Acuna was charged with using and carrying a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking crime on March 27, 2012, in Cibola County.
On July 7, 2015, Page pled guilty to a felony information charging him with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. In his plea agreement, Page admitted that he was stopped for driving 85 miles per hour in a 35 mile per hour zone by a deputy of the Socorro County Sheriff’s Office on Nov. 7, 2012, while traveling near Socorro, N.M. During a search of the vehicle driven by Page, the deputy found approximately 1259 grams of methamphetamine in a hidden compartment in the vehicle. At the time, Page was transporting the methamphetamine to Clovis where the drugs were to be sold and where Page was to be paid for transporting the drugs.
On Oct. 1, 2015, Montoya pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and to money laundering. Montoya admitted arranging for drivers to travel to California in vehicles he provided so that they could transport methamphetamine from his sources of supply. Montoya then distributed the methamphetamine in New Mexico. He also admitted being the owner of the 1.7 kilograms of methamphetamine seized from Acuna on March 27, 2012, and the 1.2 kilograms of methamphetamine seized from Page on Nov. 7, 2012. In entering his guilty plea, Montoya also admitted that on Sept. 22, 2010, he purchased a residence in Clovis with proceeds from his ongoing narcotics activities. Montoya is currently scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 6, 2016.
Acuna pled guilty on June 26, 2014, to participation in a methamphetamine trafficking conspiracy, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, and using and carrying a firearm in relation to and in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. In entering his guilty plea, Acuna admitted that on March 27, 2012, he and a co-defendant were stopped by police while transporting methamphetamine from California to Clovis. At the time of the stop, Acuna and the co-defendant knew that a large quantity of methamphetamine was concealed in a secret compartment in the vehicle and that additional methamphetamine was in a backpack in the vehicle. Acuna also admitted that he had a revolver and ammunition in the vehicle for protection. At sentencing, Acuna faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years to a maximum of life imprisonment on the methamphetamine trafficking charges. On the gun charge, Acuna faces a mandatory minimum of five years in prison which must be served consecutive to any sentence imposed on the drug charges. Acuna’s sentencing hearing is currently scheduled for Jan. 12, 2016.
Hernandez-Trujillo has entered a not guilty plea to the indictment and is participating in a judicial pretrial diversion program. Charges in indictments are merely accusation and defendants are presumed innocent unless found guilty in a court of law.
This case was investigated by the Albuquerque office of the FBI and the Socorro County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sean J. Sullivan and Jennifer M. Rozzoni are prosecuting this case.