LAS CRUCES >> Federal and local authorities arrested eight Las Cruces men Wednesday, representing the end of a lengthy drug trafficking investigation targeting repeat offenders.
When it began, the 15-month investigation by FBI and local Metro Narcotics Task Force Officials sought methamphetamine manufacturers and suppliers in Doña Ana County.
Eventually, authorities expanded the investigation to include other illegal drugs, and firearms used in trafficking from El Paso to Los Angeles.
Here are the men taken into custody Wednesday, according to a news release issued Thursday by the New Mexico U.S. Attorney’s Office.
– Anthony Calderon, 40, and Orlando Roman, 34, both of Las Cruces, are charged with distributing heroin and methamphetamine in April 2014.
– Salvador Ortega, 33, and Steven Roman, 26, both of Las Cruces, are charged with distributing methamphetamine in April 2014.
– Robert J. Lambe, 36, of Las Cruces, is charged with distribution of methamphetamine in June 2014, using a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
– Jesse Antillion, 27, of Las Cruces, is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm in Nov. 2013.
– Josh Alamagor, 32, and David Enriquez, 26, both of Las Cruces, are charged with distributing methamphetaminein May 2014.
The investigation led to the filing of criminal charges against 75 individuals, including 42 federal defendants and 33 state defendants, the release states.
Law enforcement officers seized more than 29 pounds of methamphetamine, 37 pounds of cocaine, 4.5 ounces of heroin, 30 pounds of marijuana, 74 firearms and 17 vehicles during the course of the investigation.
Four federal defendants have yet to be arrested and are considered fugitives.
The investigation leading to the aforementioned arrests, drug seizures and cases was conducted by the FBI’s Las Cruces Southwest Border/Safe Streets Task Force and the New Mexico HIDTA Regional Interagency Drug Task Force.
Agents and officers from the FBI, Metro Narcotics Task Force, Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office, Las Cruces Police Department, U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Border Patrol and DEA assisted in today’s law enforcement operation.
Feds, NM authorities bust dozens of alleged Methamphetamine dealers
A 15-month investigation by the FBI and New Mexico authorities has resulted in criminal charges against 75 alleged drug traffickers from Las Cruces to Los Angeles.
The investigation begun in May 2013 implicated dealers of high-grade methamphetamine across Doña Ana County, including Las Cruces and Anthony, and Deming, according to the U.S. Attorney in New Mexico. Investigators also nabbed the dealers’ alleged suppliers in Los Angeles, Tucson and El Paso.
Criminal charges have been filed against 75 people, including 42 federal defendants, according to the U.S. Attorney. All but four federal defendants have been arrested; the remaining four individuals are considered fugitives.
All told, law enforcement officers seized more than 29 pounds of methamphetamine, 37 pounds of cocaine, 4.5 ounces of heroin, 30 pounds of marijuana, 74 firearms and 17 vehicles during the course of the investigation.