Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Albuquerque drug trafficker sentenced to 32 years in prison

           ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.  – Javier Jaquez, 50, of Albuquerque, was sentenced on Aug. 26 to 32 years in federal prison. On Sept. 18, 2020, Jaquez pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute 100 grams and more of heroin, possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition.

          In his plea agreement, Jaquez admitted to conspiring with others to sell large amounts of methamphetamine in Albuquerque, which involved others acting at his direction beginning on August 18, 2017, when Jaquez sold one pound of methamphetamine through an intermediary. After several more transactions, Jaquez arranged to sell 20 pounds of methamphetamine on July 27, 2018. According to court records, when law enforcement moved to arrest Jaquez, he attempted to flee with accomplice Freddie Sanchez.

          Jaquez admitted to storing drugs at his business, Jaquez Brothers Trucking, including methamphetamine, cocaine, and over 100 grams of heroin. Jaquez also possessed a .45 caliber pistol and two rifles, as well as ammunition for the firearms. As a previously convicted felon, Jaquez cannot legally possess firearms or ammunition.

          Upon his release from prison, Jaquez will be subject to five years of supervised release.

          Sanchez pleaded guilty on Sept. 18, 2020, to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime and possessing a firearm in furtherance of such a crime. On March 19, Sanchez was sentenced to seven years and six months in prison, to be followed by five years of supervised release. A third co-conspirator, Kevin Garcia-Salas, pleaded guilty on Sept. 18, 2020, to conspiracy to commit drug trafficking and distribution of 50 grams and more of methamphetamine. On Feb. 24, Garcia-Salas was sentenced to three years and five months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release.

          The Albuquerque Office of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s El Paso Field Division investigated this case as part of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF). OCDETF is an independent component of the U.S. Department of Justice established in 1982 to combat transnational-organized-crime and to reduce the availability of illicit narcotics in the nation by using a prosecutor-led, multi-agency approach to enforcement. OCDETF leverages the resources and expertise of its partners in concentrated, coordinated, long-term enterprise investigations of transnational organized crime, money laundering and major drug trafficking networks.

          Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Schied prosecuted the case.

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