California Man Facing Federal Drug Trafficking Charge Arising out of DEA Seizure of 46 Pounds of Fentanyl in New Mexico
ALBUQUERQUE – A U.S. Magistrate Judge sitting in Albuquerque, N.M., found probable cause to support a criminal complaint charging Alfred Galaviz, 54, of Calexico, Calif., with a fentanyl trafficking offense. The charge arises from a DEA seizure of approximately 45.92 pounds of fentanyl in Albuquerque on Sept. 27, 2018. Galaviz was remanded into custody pending trial, which has yet to be scheduled.
The DEA arrested Galaviz on Sept. 27, 2018, after seizing approximately 20.5 kilograms (45.92 pounds) of fentanyl from Galaviz’s luggage during an interdiction investigation in Albuquerque.
The penalty for a conviction on the offense charged in the criminal complaint is a statutory minimum penalty of ten years and a maximum of life in federal prison. Charges in criminal complaints are merely accusations and defendants are presumed innocent unless found guilty in a court of law.
This case was investigated by the DEA and Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Schied is prosecuting the case as part of the New Mexico Heroin and Opioid Prevention and Education (HOPE) Initiative. The HOPE Initiative was launched in January 2015 by the UNM Health Sciences Center and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in response to the national opioid epidemic, which has had a disproportionately devastating impact on New Mexico. Opioid addiction has taken a toll on public safety, public health and the economic viability of our communities. Working in partnership with the DEA, the Bernalillo County Opioid Accountability Initiative, Healing Addiction in our Community (HAC), the Albuquerque Public Schools and other community stakeholders, HOPE’s principal goals are to protect our communities from the dangers associated with heroin and opioid painkillers and reducing the number of opioid-related deaths in New Mexico.
The HOPE Initiative is comprised of five components: (1) prevention and education; (2) treatment; (3) law enforcement; (4) reentry; and (5) strategic planning. HOPE’s law enforcement component is led by the Organized Crime Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the DEA in conjunction with their federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement partners. Targeting members of major heroin and opioid trafficking organizations for investigation and prosecution is a priority of the HOPE Initiative.
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