In First Raid, New Opioid Task Force Seizes $2.5 Million worth of Meth and $22,000 in Marijuana, Heroin & Other Narcotics

Published April 27, 2018

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Interior – Indian Affairs announced a raid by a newly formed Joint Task Force (JTF) to combat the opioid crisis in Indian Country seized 49 pounds of methamphetamine with a street value of $2.5 million and more than $20,000 worth of marijuana, plus smaller amounts of heroin, and other narcotics in New Mexico.

The raid was led by Interior’s JTF with partnership from the Pueblo Tribes and New Mexico law enforcement officials.

“I am very pleased to see that the new leadership in the BIA Office of Justice Services is
exceeding expectations in carrying out the Secretary and President’s direction to combat opioids
across Indian Country,” said Director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs Bryan Rice. “Deputy
Bureau Director Charlie Addington is leading a results-driven effort to address this epidemic in
our communities and surrounding areas.”

The JTF consisted of agents and officers from the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and their K-9
unit, Office of Justice Services, Division of Drug Enforcement, BIA District-IV Indian Country –
High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force, New Mexico State Police (NMSP) and their
K-9 unit, NMSP Investigation Bureau’s Regional Narcotic Task Force, and the Department of
Homeland Security Task Force.

This operation ran from April 3 to April 7, 2018, and was conducted at the following Pueblos
around Albuquerque, New Mexico: Laguna, Sandia, Cochiti, San Ildefonso, Santa Ana, Santa
Clara, Picuris, Santo Domingo, Pojoaque, Nambe, San Felipe, Tesuque, and Ohkay Owengah.
The JTF conducted 304 traffic stops and 93 vehicle searches, issued 129 traffic citations, and
arrested 11 subjects for drug possession.


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