NEWS RELEASES POSTED BY Federal Bureau of Investigation in New Mexico

Albuquerque Man Sentenced to 30 Years in Federal Prison for Producing Child Pornography

ALBUQUERQUE—U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez and Carol K.O. Lee, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Albuquerque Division, announced that Antonio Gutierrez, 44, of Albuquerque, N.M., was sentenced today to 30 years in federal prison for his conviction on three production of child pornography charges. After he completes his prison sentence, Gutierrez will be on supervised release for five years and will be required to register as a sex offender. Gutierrez also was ordered to pay $14,060 in restitution to the victim of his criminal conduct.


Shiprock Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Child Sexual Abuse Charge

ALBUQUERQUE—Gilbert Yazzie, 45, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Shiprock, New Mexico, pleaded guilty this morning to a felony information charging him with aggravated sexual abuse of a child. Under the terms of his plea agreement, Yazzie will be sentenced to eight years in federal prison followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court. Yazzie also will be required to register as a sex offender.


Former Campaign Manager Pleads Guilty in New Mexico to Computer Instrusion and False Statement Charges

WASHINGTON—Jamie Estrada, 41, of Los Lunas, New Mexico, pleaded guilty this afternoon to the unlawful interception of electronic communications and false statement charges arising out of the unlawful interception of wire communications intended for others, including New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez and members of her staff.


Mexican National Pleads Guilty to Violating the Federal Firearms and Immigration Laws

Tobanche Prosecuted as Part of “Worst of the Worst” Anti-Violence Initiative
ALBUQUERQUE—Luis Anthony Tobanche, 34, a Mexican national illegally present in the United States, pleaded guilty this afternoon to violating the federal firearms and immigration laws.


Federal Indictment Charges Six Men with Trafficking Narcotics in Lea County

ALBUQUERQUE—A federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging six men with narcotics trafficking offenses, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez, Special Agent in Charge Carol K.O. Lee of the FBI’s Albuquerque Division, and Commander Byron Wester of the Lea County Drug Task Force (LCDTF).


Albuquerque Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Child Pornography Charges

ALBUQUERQUE—Joshua Iben, 21, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, pleaded guilty this morning to federal child pornography charges. The guilty plea was entered without the benefit of a plea agreement.


Shiprock Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Assault Charges

ALBUQUERQUE—Dexter Dez, 28, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Shiprock, New Mexico, pleaded guilty this morning to an indictment charging him with two assault offenses. Dez entered his guilty plea without the benefit of any plea agreement.


Navajo Police Arrest Gallup Man Wanted for Christmas Day Stabbing

Calvin Bennie Fuson, who was wanted by the FBI and the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety in connection with a Christmas Day stabbing of an adult relative, has been arrested.


FBI Looking for Gallup Man in Christmas Day Stabbing

The FBI and Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety are looking for Calvin Bennie Fuson, 43, of Gallup, New Mexico, who is wanted for the Christmas Day stabbing of an adult relative on the Navajo Indian Reservation.


Navajo Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Federal Prison for Sexually Abusing a Child in San Ildefonso Pueblo

ALBUQUERQUE—Samuel Billy, 49, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in El Rancho, New Mexico, which is located in San Ildefonso Pueblo, was sentenced this morning to 20 years in federal prison followed by 10 years of supervised release for his child sexual abuse conviction. Billy will be required to register as a sex offender after he completes his prison sentenced. The sentence was announced by Acting U.S. Attorney Steven C. Yarbrough and Special Agent in Charge Carol K.O. Lee of the Albuquerque Division of the FBI.


Albuquerque Man Charged with Federal Hate Crime Related to Anti-Semitic Threats Against Businesswoman

WASHINGTON—The Department of Justice announced that this morning John W. Ng, 58, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, made his initial appearance in federal court on a criminal complaint charging him with a hate crime offense. This charge is related to anti-Semitic threats Ng made against a Jewish woman who owns and operates the Nosh Jewish Delicatessen and Bakery in Albuquerque.


Jemez Pueblo Man Sentenced to 32 Years in Federal Prison on Second-Degree Murder Conviction

ALBUQUERQUE—Lucas Michael Ray Toledo, 25, a resident and enrolled member of Jemez Pueblo, was sentenced this morning to 32 years in federal priso, followed by five years of supervised release, on his second-degree murder conviction. The sentence was announced by Acting U.S. Attorney Steven C. Yarbrough and Special Agent in Charge Carol K.O. Lee of the Albuquerque Division of the FBI.


Former Non-Indian Employee of the Jicarilla Apache Nation Pleads Guilty to Embezzling Money from the Tribe

Former Comptroller of Jicarilla Apache Nation’s Utility Authority Embezzled $214,594.13 in Tribal Funds
ALBUQUERQUE—Robert G. Wells, 63, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, pleaded guilty this morning to embezzlement and theft from an Indian tribal organization, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Steven C. Yarbrough, Special Agent in Charge Carol K.O. Lee of the FBI’s Albuquerque Division, and Chief Kendall Vicenti of the Jicarilla Apache Tribal Police Department.


Rehoboth Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison for Methamphetamine Trafficking and Firearms Conviction

ALBUQUERQUE—MacDavis Bahe, 31, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Rehoboth, New Mexico, was sentenced this morning to 10 years in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for his conviction on methamphetamine trafficking and firearms charges.


Kirtland Man Sentenced to 97 Months in Federal Prison for Sexual Assault Conviction

Defendant Prosecuted as Part of Federal Initiative to Address the Epidemic of Violence Against Native Women
ALBUQUERQUE—Hareldo Horse, 31, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Kirtland, New Mexico, was sentenced this afternoon to 97 months in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for his sexual assault conviction. Horse will be required to register as a sex offender when he completes his prison sentence.


Mentmore Woman Sentenced to 63 Months in Prison on Voluntary Manslaughter Conviction

ALBUQUERQUE—Bertha Damon, 44, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Mentmore, New Mexico, was sentenced to 63 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for her voluntary manslaughter conviction.


Transient Sentenced to 51 Months in Federal Prison for Robbing Albuquerque Bank in March 2013

ALBUQUERQUE—Sheldon David Weisman, 56, was sentenced this morning to 51 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for robbing an Albuquerque-area bank in March 2013.


Shiprock Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Manslaughter Charge

ALBUQUERQUE—Elvan Hovel, 42, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Shiprock, New Mexico, pleaded guilty Thursday to a voluntarily manslaughter charge under a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.


Rio Rancho Man Sentenced on Federal Bank Fraud and Money Laundering Convictions

Derek Barnhill was Convicted of Participating in Bank Fraud Scheme with Albuquerque Real Estate Developer Vincent J. Garcia
ALBUQUERQUE—Derek Barnhill, 49, of Rio Rancho, New Mexico, was sentenced yesterday afternoon to three months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, which is to include nine months of home confinement, for his bank fraud and money laundering conviction. Barnhill also was ordered to pay $560,129.39 in restitution. The restitution is to be paid jointly with co-defendant Vincent J. Garcia.


Albuquerque Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Carjacking Charge

ALBUQUERQUE—Manuel Torrez, 33, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, pleaded guilty this morning to an indictment charging him with carjacking. Under the terms of his plea agreement, Torrez will be sentenced to 84 months in federal prison, followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court.


Arrest Made in Death of Taos Pueblo Man

Jorden Medina, Jr., 54, of Taos, has been arrested in connection with the death of Nicholas Concha, 28, of Taos Pueblo.


FBI Seeks Matthew Duke Maley on Federal Drug Charges

The FBI is asking for the public’s help in locating Matthew Duke Maley, 46, of Tucson, Arizona, who is wanted on federal drug charges and has ties to New Mexico, California, Colorado, Texas, and Nevada, in addition to Arizona.


Real Estate Broker and a Loan Officer Sentenced to Federal Prison on Mortgage Fraud Convictions

ALBUQUERQUE—A real estate broker and a loan officer, both from Albuquerque, New Mexico, will be serving federal prison sentences for their wire fraud convictions, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Steven C. Yarbrough and Special Agent in Charge Carol K.O. Lee of the Albuquerque Division of the FBI.


Search on for Man After Shooting at Fruitland Housing Complex

The FBI and Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety are looking for a man in connection with a shooting at a housing complex in Fruitland, N.M., this morning (10/10/2013).


Kirtland Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Sexual Assault Charge

ALBUQUERQUE—Hareldo Horse, 31, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Kirtland, New Mexico, pleaded guilty this morning to an indictment charging him with sexual assault under a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.


Former New Mexico Probation Officer Pleads Guilty to Sexual Assault and False Statement Charges

ALBUQUERQUE—Gordon Chavez, 35, a former probation officer with the New Mexico Department of Corrections Division of Probation and Parole, pleaded guilty today in federal court in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to charges related to the sexual assault of a probationer whom he supervised. Chavez pleaded guilty to one count of violating the victim’s right to bodily integrity when he touched her against her will. Chavez also pleaded guilty to one count of making material false statements to the FBI when he denied both inappropriately touching females whom he supervised and asking for naked photos of them.


Non-Native Man from Shiprock Pleads Guilty to Federal Child Sex Abuse Charged Involving Navajo Child

ALBUQUERQUE—Bruce Hamilton, 77, a non-Native who resides in Shiprock, New Mexico, pleaded guilty this morning to sexually abusing a minor. Under the terms of his plea agreement, Hamilton will be sentenced to a federal prison term within the range of two to five years followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court. Hamilton will be required to register as a sex offender when he completes his prison sentence.


El Salvadoran Sentenced to 40 Years in Federal Prison for Armed Robbery and Murder

ALBUQUERQUE—Marvin Aguilar-Lopez, 26, of El Salvador, was sentenced earlier today to 40 years in federal prison for his armed robbery and felony murder conviction. He will be deported after he completes his prison sentence. Aguilar-Lopez’s sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales; Thomas G. Atteberry, Special Agent in Charge of the Phoenix Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; Carol K.O. Lee, Special Agent in Charge of the Albuquerque Division of the FBI; and Chief Allen Banks of the Albuquerque Police Department.


Albuquerque Man Pleads Guilty to Using a Firearm to Rob a Pharmacy of Prescription Painkillers

ALBUQUERQUE—James Phillip Tafoya, 43, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, entered a guilty plea this morning to using a firearm in relation to a crime of violence under a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Under the terms of the plea agreement, Tafoya will be sentenced to seven years in federal prison, followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court.


Navajo Woman Pleads Guilty to November 2012 Robbery of Sonic Drive-In in Shiprock

ALBUQUERQUE—Jerrileta Singer, 32, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Shiprock, New Mexico, pleaded guilty this morning to committing a robbery in Indian Country under a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.


Man with Handgun Robs BBVA Compass Bank Branch in Albuquerque

A man with a semi-automatic handgun robbed BBVA Compass Bank branch at 6001 Academy Road NE in Albuquerque on Tuesday, July 23, 2013.


Federal Grand Jury Indicts Oregon and Pennsylvania Men for Allegedly Defrauding New Mexico‐Based Company

Defendants Charged with Defrauding Kinesio USA LLC of Approximately $4.3 Million
ALBUQUERQUE—A federal grand jury sitting in Albuquerque, New Mexico, has returned a 38‐count indictment charging Johannes Jarvis, 40, of Portland, Oregon, and John Hope, 65, of Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, with conspiracy, wire fraud, and money laundering charges, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales; Carol K.O. Lee, Special Agent in Charge of the Albuquerque Division of the FBI; and Dawn Mertz, Special Agent in Charge of the Phoenix Field Office of IRS‐Criminal Investigation.


FBI Seeks Fugitive Gerardo Garcia in Connection with Drug Trafficking Investigation

FBI Issues Wanted Poster for Garcia
The FBI issued a wanted poster (at the conclusion of this release) on Friday, July 12, 2013, for Gerardo Garcia, age 64 or 63, of Vado, New Mexico, on a federal arrest warrant charging him with conspiracy to distribute cocaine.


Albuquerque Man Arraigned on Federal Child Pornography Charges

ALBUQUERQUE—James Olsson, 60, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, was arraigned this morning on a two-count indictment charging him with possession of visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Olsson entered a not guilty plea and was ordered detained pending trial.


Two Suspects Sought in Robbery of Wells Fargo Bank Branch in Albuquerque

The FBI and Albuquerque Police Department are looking for two men who robbed Wells Fargo Bank branch at 5555 Montgomery Blvd NE, near San Pedro Drive NE, on Saturday, June 29, 2013.


Iyanbito Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Assault Charge

ALBUQUERQUE—Mika-Jon Lowley, 23, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Iyanbito, New Mexico, pleaded guilty this morning to a federal assault charge under a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.


Shiprock Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison for Federal Child Sex Abuse Conviction

ALBUQUERQUE—Delbert Begaye, 56, a member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Shiprock, New Mexico, was sentenced this morning to 10 years in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release. 


Robbery of Wells Fargo Bank Branch in the Pueblo of Pojoaque

The FBI, Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office, and Pojoaque Tribal Police Department are looking for a woman who robbed a Wells Fargo bank branch in the Pueblo of Pojoaque on the afternoon of Tuesday, May 14, 2013.


Shiprock Man Pleads Guilty to Aiding and Abetting an Armed Robbery on the Navajo Indian Reservation

ALBUQUERQUE—Nielson McKensley, 49, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Shiprock, New Mexico, pleaded guilty this morning to an indictment charging him with aiding and abetting an armed robbery in Indian Country. Under the terms of his plea agreement, McKensley will be sentenced to a term of 46 to 57 months in prison.


Kewa Pueblo Man Sentenced to 16 Years in Federal Prison on Second-Degree Murder Conviction

Accessories after the Fact also Sentenced to Federal Prison
ALBUQUERQUE—Adrian Chavez, 24, a member and resident of Kewa Pueblo, was sentenced earlier today to 192 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for his second-degree murder conviction. His co-defendants, Derrick Chavez, 26, and Myron Garcia, 24, also members and residents of Kewa Pueblo, were sentenced on their convictions for being accessories after the fact to second-degree murder. Myron Garcia was sentenced to five years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, and Derrick Chavez was sentenced to 66 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release.


Spencer Valley Woman Sentenced to 25 Years in Federal Prison for Voluntary Manslaughter Conviction

Defendant Killed a 4-Year-Old Boy in the Heat of Passion and Hid His Body in an Ice Chest
ALBUQUERQUE—Evelyne James, 53, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation from Spencer Valley, New Mexico, was sentenced earlier today to 25 years in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for her voluntary manslaughter conviction. James also was ordered to pay approximately $3000.00 in restitution. James’ sentencing was announced by U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales, Carol K.O. Lee, Special Agent in Charge of the Albuquerque Division of the FBI, and John Billison, Director of the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety.


Las Cruces Woman Pleads Guilty to Robbing First Convenience Bank in January 2013

ALBUQUERQUE—Yolanda Boyle, 58, of Las Cruces, New Mexico, pled guilty this morning to a felony information charging her with bank robbery. Boyle entered her guilty plea without the benefit of any plea agreement in federal court in Las Cruces.


Two Albuquerque Men Arraigned on Federal Charges Arising from Commercial Armed Robberies and Carjackings

ALBUQUERQUE—Joel Meeks, 19, and Raul Ortega, 20, both of Albuquerque, New Mexico, were arraigned this morning on an eight-count indictment alleging violations of the Hobbs Act by interfering with a business involved in interstate commerce by robbery, the federal carjacking statute, and firearms laws. Both men entered not guilty pleas during this morning’s hearings and are detained pending trial, which has yet to be scheduled.


FBI Releases Information Concerning Vehicle Involved in Hit-and-Run

The FBI is releasing information about the possible vehicle involved in a hit-and-run last month that killed a woman who was a member of the Navajo Nation.


Federal Jury Convicts Albuquerque Real Estate Broker on Wire Fraud Charges

ALBUQUERQUE—Late last Wednesday afternoon, a federal jury returned a guilty verdict against Keith Michael Courtney, 31, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, on wire fraud charges after a three-day trial, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales and Special Agent in Charge Carol K.O. Lee of the Albuquerque Division of the FBI.


Former Los Alamos National Bank Employee Sentenced to Prison for Bank Fraud Conviction

ALBUQUERQUE—Deborah Gayle Wood, 56, currently residing in Grove, Oklahoma, was sentenced yesterday afternoon to eight months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for her bank fraud conviction. Wood also was ordered to pay $4,390.93 in restitution and a $10,000 fine.


Robbery of Bank of the West in Albuquerque

The FBI and Albuquerque Police Department are looking for a man who robbed Bank of the West, 5228 Central Ave SW, on Monday, March 25, 2013.


Beclabito Man Pleads Guilty to Involuntary Manslaughter Charge

ALBUQUERQUE—Stanford Benally, 41, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Beclabito, New Mexico, pled guilty this morning to an involuntary manslaughter charge under a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.


Shiprock Man Sentenced to 16 Years in Prison for Federal Child Sex Abuse Conviction

ALBUQUERQUE—Samuel Jackson, 56, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Shiprock, New Mexico, was sentenced this morning to 16 years in prison for his abusive sexual contact conviction. Jackson will be on supervised release for five years after he completes his prison sentence. He also will be required to register as a sex offender.


Possible Connection Investigated in Albuquerque, Santa Fe Bank Robberies

A man driving a dark blue Mitsubishi Lancer with Texas license plates robbed New Mexico Bank & Trust, 9500 Montgomery Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, on Wednesday, March 13, 2013.


Shiprock Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Assault and Firearms Charges

ALBUQUERQUE—Raydell Billy, 22, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Shiprock, New Mexico, pled guilty this morning to assault and firearms charges under a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.


Mexican Nationals Plead Guilty to Federal Methamphetamine Trafficking Charges

ALBUQUERQUE—Jesus Omar Lopez-Valle, 28, of Jarales, New Mexico, and his brother, Hector Manuel Lopez-Valle, 24, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, pled guilty on Friday afternoon to methamphetamine trafficking charges. Jesus Lopez-Valle also pled guilty to the unlawful possession of firearms. The two men, who are Mexican nationals illegally present in the United States, entered their guilty pleas without the benefit of any plea agreement.


Former New Mexico Corrections Officer Convicted on Obstruction of Justice Charges

WASHINGTON—A federal jury late yesterday convicted Kevin Casaus, 25, a former corrections officer at the Bernalillo County, New Mexico Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on obstruction of justice and falsification of records charges, announced the Justice Department.


Two Arrested in Connection with Human Trafficking Investigation

The FBI arrested two southern New Mexico residents Monday, March 4, 2013, in connection with a human trafficking investigation.


Suspect Identified in Albuquerque Bank Robbery

The FBI is looking for Jay Patrick Mount, 34, of Albuquerque, who is wanted for the robbery of U.S. Bank branch at 1418 Carlisle Blvd NE in Albuquerque on February 25, 2013.


Robbery of U.S. Bank Branch in Albuquerque

The FBI and Albuquerque Police Department are looking for a man who robbed the U.S. Bank branch at 1418 Carlisle Blvd NE in Albuquerque on February 25, 2013.


Former Albuquerque Corrections Officer Pleads Guilty to Obstruction of Justice

WASHINGTON—Matthew Pendley, 26, a former corrections officer at the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico, pleaded guilty today to one count of obstructing justice when he lied to law enforcement during their investigation of the assault on an inmate at the hands of another corrections officer.


Arrest Made in Bernalillo Bank Robbery

Curtis James Reano, 34, an enrolled member of the San Felipe Pueblo, was arrested February 20, 2013, in connection with the robbery of a Wells Fargo branch at 239 Highway 550 in Bernalillo on Tuesday, February 19, 2013.


Mexican National Sentenced to Prison for Robbing Bank in Santa Fe in April 2012

ALBUQUERQUE—Jaime Jesus Sanchez-Ramos, 23, a Mexican national, was sentenced this afternoon to 46 months in prison for his bank robbery conviction. Sanchez-Ramos will be deported to Mexico after he completes his prison sentence. He also was ordered to pay restitution to the four banks he robbed between January 2012 and April 2012.


Las Cruces Man Sentenced to 51 Months in Prison for Robbing Citizens Bank of Las Cruces in August 2010

ALBUQUERQUE—Claudio Alberto Morales-Medrano, 40, of Las Cruces, New Mexico, was sentenced this morning to 51 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for his bank robbery conviction. Morales-Medrano also was ordered to pay full restitution to the victim of his crime. The sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales and Special Agent in Charge Carol K.O. Lee of the Albuquerque Division of the FBI.


Accomplice to Armed Robbery Pleads Guilty to Hobbs Act Violation

ALBUQUERQUE—Rebecca Aguilar, 25, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, pled guilty this morning to aiding and abetting the armed robbery of an Albuquerque-area business under a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Under the terms of her plea agreement, Aguilar will be sentenced to a term of four to five years in prison. Aguilar will remain in custody pending her sentencing hearing, which has yet to be set.


Robbery of Wells Fargo Bank Branch in Espanola

The FBI and Española Police Department are looking for a man who robbed Wells Fargo bank at 645 N. Riverside Dr. in Española on February 4, 2013.


Federal Jury Finds Consultants to Former SOS Guilty of Theft, Obstruction of Justice, and Money Laundering Charges

ALBUQUERQUE—This evening, a federal jury sitting in Albuquerque, New Mexico found Armando C. Gutierrez, 65, of Corpus Christi, Texas, and Joseph C. Kupfer, 49, of Rio Rancho, New Mexico, guilty of conspiracy and theft of government property charges after an eight-day trial. The jury also convicted Gutierrez on obstruction of justice and money laundering charges. The jury’s guilty verdict was announced by U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales, Acting Special Agent in Charge Gabriel L. Grchan of the Phoenix Division of the IRS-Criminal Investigation, and Special Agent in Charge Carol K.O. Lee of the Albuquerque Division of the FBI.


Las Cruces Man Sentenced to 70 Months in Prison for Robbing 1st New Mexico Bank of Las Cruces in December 2011

ALBUQUERQUE—Daniel Francis Jones, 51, of Las Cruces, New Mexico, was sentenced this morning to 70 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for his bank robbery conviction. The sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales and Special Agent in Charge Carol K.O. Lee of the Albuquerque Division of the FBI.


Arrest Made in Las Cruces Bank Robbery

Yolanda Boyle, 58, of Las Cruces, was arrested today, January 25, 2013, in connection with the robbery of First Convenience Bank inside Pro’s Ranch Market at 320 E. Wyatt Dr. in Las Cruces on Thursday, January 24, 2013.


Albuquerque Couple Faces Federal Child Pornography Charges

ALBUQUERQUE—Frederick Gonzales, 42, and his wife Carey Gonzales, 36, both of Albuquerque, New Mexico, were arrested on federal child pornography charges on January 18, 2013.


Albuquerque Man Pleads Guilty to Armed Robbery Spree

Defendant Admits Robbing Four Albuquerque Businesses in Two-Week Period
ALBUQUERQUE—This morning, Oscar Marquez, 22, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, pleaded guilty to four counts of Hobbs Act robbery and one count of using a firearm during a crime of violence and admitted robbing four Albuquerque-area businesses at gunpoint during a two-week period. Marquez’s guilty plea was announced by U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales and Special Agent in Charge Carol K.O. Lee of the Albuquerque Division of the FBI.


Suspect Sought in Robbery of Bank of Albuquerque Branch FBI Albuquerque

The FBI and Albuquerque Police Department are looking for a man who robbed the Bank of Albuquerque branch at 3301 Coors Blvd. NW in Albuquerque on Saturday, January 12, 2013.


Former Bernalillo County Corrections Officer Sentenced for Civil Rights Violations

WASHINGTON—Demetrio Juan Gonzales, 40, a former corrections officer at the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico, was sentenced today in federal court to 33 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for violating the civil rights of an individual in his custody when he struck and choked the victim in the shower room/dress-out area of MDC. Gonzales pleaded guilty in October 2012.


Nineteen Members of New Mexico Drug Trafficking Organization Indicted on Drug Trafficking and Money Laundering Charges

ALBUQUERQUE—Nineteen members of a major drug trafficking organization allegedly operating in central and northern New Mexico were indicted on drug trafficking and money laundering charges by a federal grand jury on December 12, 2012. The indictment was announced by U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales; Carol K.O. Lee, Special Agent in Charge of the Albuquerque Division of the FBI; Gabriel Grchan, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Phoenix Field Office of IRS-Criminal Investigation; and Chief Ray D. Schultz of the Albuquerque Police Department.


Human Rights Organization Receives the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award

Albuquerque FBI Special Agent in Charge Carol K.O. Lee presented the 2012 FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award today to New Mexico Human Rights Projects.


New Mexico Probation Officer Arrested on Sexual Abuse Charges

WASHINGTON—Gordon Chavez, 35, a probation officer with the New Mexico Corrections Department of Probation and Parole, was arrested yesterday in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on charges related to the sexual assault of a probationer whom he supervised.


Bloomfield Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Second-Degree Murder Charge

ALBUQUERQUE—This morning in federal court, Jasper Fernandez, 38, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Bloomfield, New Mexico, entered a guilty plea to second-degree murder under a plea agreement with the United States Attorney’s Office.


Newcomb Man Sentenced to Prison for Federal Assault Conviction

ALBUQUERQUE—This morning in federal court, Delsanto Ray Allen, 24, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Newcomb, New Mexico, was sentenced to 30 months in prison for his assault conviction.


Mexican National Pleads Guilty to Santa Fe Bank Robbery

ALBUQUERQUE—This morning, Jaime Jesus Sanchez-Ramos, 23, a Mexican national, pleaded guilty to a bank robbery charge under a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.


Former San Juan County Sheriff`s Deputy Pleads Guilty to Violating Civil Rights of Man by Assaulting Him with a Flashlight



FBI and Bureau of Indian Affairs Investigating Mescalero Man’s Death

Dale Johnson went missing for more than a week before his body was found in a mountainous area near Mescalero, New Mexico, on July 8, 2011.


Okhay Owingeh Pueblo Man Sentenced to Probation for Embezzling $25,900 from Cities of Gold Casino

ALBUQUERQUE—This morning in Albuquerque federal court, Calvin R. Trujillo, 25, was sentenced to five years of probation for his conviction on a theft by an employee of a gaming establishment on Indian Land charge. Trujillo also was ordered to pay $25,900 in restitution.


Shiprock Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Child Sex Abuse Charges

ALBUQUERQUE—Yesterday in Albuquerque federal court, Delbert Begaye, 56, a member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Shiprock, New Mexico, pled guilty to an information charging him with two counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12.


Crownpoint Woman Pleads Guilty to Federal Child Abuse Charge

ALBUQUERQUE—This morning in federal court, Carlena Martin, 25, a member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Crownpoint, New Mexico, pled guilty to an indictment charging her with child abuse under a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.


Las Cruces Man Sentenced to Life Imprisonment for Killing a Federal Witness

LAS CRUCES—Earlier today a federal judge in Las Cruces, New Mexico, sentenced Paul Othello Smalls, 44, of Las Cruces, to life imprisonment for killing a man who was aiding a federal investigation and four other related offenses, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales.


Albuquerque Man Sentenced to Prison for Robbing New Mexico Bank & Trust in March 2012

ALBUQUERQUE—Tuesdayin federal court, Jeffrey Allen Stablein, 24, of Albuquerque, was sentenced to a 51-month term of imprisonment for his bank robbery conviction. Stablein will be on supervised release for three years after completing his prison sentence. Stablein also was ordered to pay full restitution to the victim bank.


Former National Guardsman from Texas Sentenced to 10 Years for Federal Child Sexual Exploitation Conviction

ALBUQUERQUE—This morning, a federal judge sentenced Jeffrey Neal Jackson to a 10-year term of imprisonment to be followed by 10 years of supervised release for his child sexual exploitation conviction. Jackson will be required to register as a sex offender after he completes his prison sentence.


Albuquerque Man Pleads Guilty to Bank Robbery Spree

Bank Robber Faces Mandatory Life Imprisonment Based on Prior Convictions
ALBUQUERQUE—This morning, David Michael Bauer, 53, most recently a resident of Albuquerque, New Mexico, pled guilty to a six-count indictment charging him with bank robbery and firearms offenses under a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office. According to the plea agreement, Bauer faces a mandatory term of life imprisonment because the United States has filed an information charging prior convictions.


Yah-ta-hey Man Sentenced to Prison for Federal Arson Conviction

ALBUQUERQUE—This morning in federal court in Albuquerque, Waylon Murphy, 23, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Yah-ta-hey, New Mexico, was sentenced to a two-year term of imprisonment, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for his arson conviction. Murphy also was ordered to pay $62,375 in restitution to the victim.


Eight Defendants Charged with Participation in Anthony Drug Trafficking Ring Plead Guilty

Ninth Defendant Pleads Guilty to Money Laundering Offense
ALBUQUERQUE—On January 25, 2012, the owners and operators of a pecan farm in Anthony, New Mexico; their two sons; and four others were arrested on a 24-count indictment alleging federal drug trafficking and money laundering offenses. 


Colorado Man Pleads Guilty to Robbing Bank in Farmington

ALBUQUERQUE—This morning in federal court, Ralph L. Eagler, 62, of Cortez, Colorado, pled guilty to an indictment charging him with bank robbery under a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.


Robbery of Bank of the West Branch in Albuquerque

A man wearing a light blue cap with a University of North Carolina logo on it used a handgun to rob Bank of the West at 5401 Gibson Boulevard SE on Tuesday morning (July 17, 2012).


Sandia Pueblo Woman Sentenced to 72 Months in Prison for Federal Armed Bank Robbery Conviction

ALBUQUERQUE—This morning, a federal judge sentenced Hazel Bernadette Gutierrez, 55, to a 72-month term of imprisonment for her armed bank robbery conviction. Gutierrez, a member and resident of Sandia Pueblo, will be on supervised release for three years after she completes her prison sentence. Gutierrez also was ordered to pay full restitution to the bank that was the victim of her crime.


Man Arraigned on Federal Wire Fraud Charges in Alleged Scheme to Defraud Santa Fe-Based Company

ALBUQUERQUE—Daryl J. Hudson, III, 59, of Washington, D.C., was arraigned in federal court this morning on an indictment charging him with seven counts of wire fraud, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales.


Albuquerque Man Pleads Guilty to February Robbery of Bank of the West

ALBUQUERQUE—This morning in federal court, Anthony Campos, 33, of Albuquerque, pled guilty to an indictment charging him with bank robbery under a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.


Las Cruces Woman Sentenced to One Year in Prison for Federal Money Laundering Conviction

Defendant Conspired to Defraud Farmers Insurance Agency of More Than $140,000
LAS CRUCES—Earlier today, Deniece Sanchez, 34, of Las Cruces, New Mexico, was sentenced to 12 months and a day in prison for conspiracy to launder money. Sanchez will be on supervised release for three years after she completes her prison term. She also was ordered to pay $144,494.27 in restitution to Farmers Insurance Agency (Farmers). Sanchez, who has been on conditions of release since her arrest on July 13, 2010, is required to surrender herself to a federal correctional institution to be designated by the U.S. Bureau of Prisons for service of her sentence.


Tohlakai Man Sentenced to 41 Months in Prison for Assaulting Woman

ALBUQUERQUE—This morning in federal court in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Ervin Yazzie, 34, a member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Tohlakai, New Mexico, was sentenced to a 41-month term of imprisonment, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for his assault conviction.


New Mexico State University Student Charged with Making False Bomb Threat

LAS CRUCES—This morning, Daud Anwar, 29, a resident of Albuquerque, New Mexico, who is a student at the New Mexico State University (NMSU), made his initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Las Cruces, New Mexico on an indictment charging him with making a false bomb threat. If convicted of the offense charged, Anwar faces up to 10 years of imprisonment and a $250,000 fine. Anwar is temporarily detained pending a detention hearing, which has yet to be scheduled.


Former Corrections Officer at Shiprock Detention Center Charged for Sexually Abusing a Female Inmate

ALBUQUERQUE—A federal grand jury in Albuquerque has indicted Sylvester Bruce, 44, a former corrections officer with Navajo Nation’s Shiprock Detention Center in Shiprock, New Mexico, on charges related to the sexual abuse of an inmate during the summer and fall of 2010. The indictment was returned on March 28, 2012 and was publicly posted earlier today.


Two Men Sentenced for Burglarizing Home on the Navajo Indian Reservation

ALBUQUERQUE—Yesterday, a federal judge in Santa Fe, New Mexico sentenced two non-Indian men from Grants, New Mexico for burglarizing a home in Ramah, New Mexico on the Navajo Indian Reservation. Michael Bearden, 34, was sentenced to a 36-month term of imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release. His nephew, Joshua Bearden, 24, was sentenced to 18 months of prison to be followed by three years of supervised release.


Former New Mexico Corrections Department Official Sentenced for Bribery Conviction

ALBUQUERQUE—Earlier today, a federal judge sentenced Laurie Chapman, 51, the former facilities manager for the New Mexico Corrections Department (NMCD), to a 70-month term of imprisonment for her conviction on bribery charges. Chapman, a resident of Santa Fe, New Mexico, will be on supervised release for two years after completing her prison sentence.


Federal Jury Convicts Navajo Man of Voluntary Manslaughter in Connection with Death of 10-Month-Old Infant

ALBUQUERQUE—U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales announced that this afternoon, a federal jury sitting in Albuquerque convicted Kalvest Ganadonegro, 30, a member of the Navajo Nation from Alamo, New Mexico, of voluntary manslaughter after a seven-day trial. The crime of conviction arose out of the death of a 10-month-old infant who had been left in Ganadonegro’s care on November 21, 2008.


Shiprock Man Sentenced to 18 Months for Federal Assault Conviction

ALBUQUERQUE—This morning, a federal judge in Albuquerque sentenced Aero Nez, 23, of Shiprock, N.M., to 18 months of imprisonment for his federal assault conviction. Nez, a member of the Navajo Nation, will serve three years on supervised release after completing his prison sentence. He also was ordered to pay $6,654 in restitution.


Investigators Seek Public’s Help in Solving Navajo Man’s Death

The FBI and Navajo Department of Criminal Investigations are asking the public for information regarding an apparent hit-and-run death that occurred in Fruitland, New Mexico on Saturday night, February 11, 2012.


The RCFL Program Opens New Laboratory in New Mexico

The New Mexico Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory (NMRCFL) officially opened on the grounds of the University of New Mexico today—the second RCFL physically located on a university campus, and the 16th such facility in the FBI’s national network of full-service digital forensics laboratories and training centers.


Federal Jury Finds Las Cruces Man Guilty of Killing Federal Witness



Albuquerque Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Child Pornography Offense

ALBUQUERQUE—This afternoon in federal court, Robert W. Schmidt, 55, of Albuquerque, entered a guilty plea to transportation of a visual depiction of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct under a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.


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