Four face federal felony drug charges

CMI Staff

Four people face federal felony drug charges in what authorities say is the breakup of a methamphetamine operation in Curry County by joint local and federal law enforcement.

Seven kilos of meth and $104,446 in cash have been seized since the undercover operation began in August 2011, according to a press release from U.S. Attorney Steven Yarbrough in Albuquerque. Three of the four accused in a federal indictment returned Friday are from Clovis and another is from Tucumcari. They are:

• Michael Montoya, 35, of Clovis.

• Dianna Hernandez-Trujillo, 22, of Clovis.

• Brian F. Acuna, 22, of Clovis.

• Alexander J, Page, 26, of Tucumcari.

Hernandez-Trujillo is free on bond after pleading not guilty Tuesday, according to the release. Montoya and Page are scheduled for court appearances today in federal court in Roswell.

Acuna is in state custody on an unrelated charge, according to the release.

All are accused in the indictments of narcotics trafficking. Other charges include money laundering and firearms violations. Agencies involved in the ongoing investigation and bust include the FBI, IRS, Curry County Drug Task Force, Curry County Sheriff’s office, Clovis police and state police.

Among the indictments are accusations Montoya used more than $59,000 in illegal drug cash to purchase real estate in Clovis, according to the release.

All the defendants face from 10 years to life in prison if convicted.

“The arrest of Michael Montoya, and the dismantling of this methamphetamine trafficking organization, will contribute to better quality of life in our community,” said Lt. Michael Reeves of the Curry County Drug Task Force.

Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller called drug traffickers a scourge on the community.

“The damage these individuals have inflicted is immeasurable,” said Waller. “The arrests of Michael Montoya and his alleged criminal organization are a culmination of the extensive and undying efforts by numerous dedicated narcotics investigators in the Clovis area, and a joint action by city, county, state and federal law enforcement. ”

Clovis Police Chief Steve Sanders praised the breakup of the alleged drug ring.

“After a long, intense and thorough investigation,” said Sanders, “this will no doubt have a large impact on the narcotics crimes here in Clovis and Curry County.”

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