Mexican National: Guilty Plea in Dope Case

ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO — Miguel Angel Tinajero-Martinez, 24, a Mexican national illegally in the United States, pleaded guilty on July 24, 2014, to methamphetamine trafficking charges in federal court in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Tinajero-Martinez was indicted on Feb. 19, 2014, under the moniker “4 Runner” and was charged with conspiracy and distribution of methamphetamine. He was arrested on Feb. 27, 2014, and has been in federal custody since that time.

On July 24, 2014, Tinajero-Martinez entered a guilty plea to a four-count felony information charging him with (1) conspiracy; (2) distribution of methamphetamine in Doña Ana County, New Mexico, on Jan. 27, 2014; (3) distribution of methamphetamine in Doña Ana County on Feb. 27, 2014; and (4) possession of cocaine with intent to distribute in El Paso County, Texas, on Feb. 27, 2014.

In entering his guilty plea, Tinajero-Martinez admitted that from Dec. 2, 2013, to Feb. 27, 2014, he conspired with others to distribute an aggregate of three kilograms of methamphetamine in Doña Ana County. More specifically, Tinajero-Martinez admitted distributing one kilogram of methamphetamine to an undercover agent on Jan. 27, 2014, and distributing two kilograms of methamphetamine to undercover agents on Feb. 27, 2014. The drug transactions were negotiated by Tinajero-Martinez’s co-conspirators, and Tinajero-Martinez delivered the methamphetamine to the agents.

During his plea hearing, Tinajero-Martinez also admitted possessing 7 kilograms of cocaine at his home in Horizon, Texas. Tinajero-Martinez waived venue to permit him to enter his guilty plea in federal court in New Mexico.

At sentencing, Tinajero-Martinez faces a prison sentence of not less than 10 years. He will be deported after he completes his prison sentence.

This case was investigated by the Las Cruces office of the FBI and Las Cruces/Doña Ana County Metro Narcotics Agency, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Maria Y. Armijo of the U.S. Attorney’s Las Cruces branch office.

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