An American man in Albuquerque recently landed in the middle of a sting from the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) that yielded more than 12 pounds of heroin. Ricardo Raul Murrietta-Romero, who lived in Mexico and allegedly trafficked in Albuquerque, faces between ten years and life behind bars according to KRQE News 13.
Murrietta-Romero was apprehended at an Albuquerque bus station, according to KRQE News 13, with his luggage allegedly bulging with the drug. The Interdiction Unit of the DEA’s Albuquerque office took the lead in the case according to KRWG TV/FM.
An initial hearing took place in a Albuquerque court today regarding the criminal complaint filed against Murrietta-Romero by the DEA. The federal agency’s Albuquerque office is at the front lines of ” disrupting the flow of narcotics, weapons, and the proceeds of illegal activities as they are smuggled into or through New Mexico in passenger buses, passenger trains, commercial vehicles and automobiles,” according to the aforementioned KRWG TV/FM report.
The expat American is being charged with “possessing heroin with intent to distribute,” according to KRQE News 13.
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