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Mexican illegal immigrants caught trafficking and selling heroin in New Mexico

By Mason White 5:24 PM February 14, 2017
Heroin and illegal drugs (illustration)
By: Emily Lewis

Several illegal immigrants from Mexico, have been caught trafficking and selling illegal drugs in the United States, following a raid by police.

On Monday, a U.S. Magistrate Judge sitting in Albuquerque, New Mexico, found probable cause to support a criminal complaint charging Jose de Jesus Abundis-Gonzales, 36, and Norberto Perez-Zepeda, 33, both Mexican nationals illegally residing in the United States, with heroin trafficking charges.

The Magistrate Judge also entered orders, requiring that the two men remain in custody pending trial.

Abundis-Gonzales and Perez-Zepeda were arrested after DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) executed search warrants at the Albuquerque residences of Abundis-Gonzales and Perez-Zepeda, and seized a total of 239 grams of heroin, more than $12,000 in cash, and drug paraphernalia.

According to the criminal complaint, the heroin allegedly was packed in small balloons, which were ready for retail distribution.

If convicted of the charge in the criminal complaint, Abundis-Gonzales and Perez-Zepeda each face a statutory minimum penalty of five years and maximum of 40 years in federal prison.