February 20, 2019
Contact: Diana Apodaca
Phone Number: (915) 832-6000
Man from Mexico pleads guilty to federal heroin trafficking charge
Albuquerque, N.M. – Francisco Gallegos-Avena, 37, of Guaymas Sonoro, Mexico, pleaded guilty in federal court yesterday to possession with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin.
In his plea agreement, Gallegos-Avena admitted he transported approximately 722 grams of heroin in his luggage while traveling through Albuquerque on May 25, 2017. Gallegos-Avena is in custody awaiting sentencing. He faces from 5 to 40 years in prison for his offense.
The DEA investigated this case. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Robert I. Goldaris and Peter J. Eicker are prosecuting the case.