For Immediate Release
|January 27, 2017||
District of New Mexico
Albuquerque Office (505) 346-6400;
Las Cruces Office (575) 527-6850
|U.S. Marshals Operation 'Smoke Shops Get Crushed'|
Albuquerque, NM - The U.S.
Marshals Service in the District New Mexico, with the assistance of the City of
Albuquerque, will destroy a large quantity of forfeited drug paraphilia.
The drug paraphernalia was seized from numerous “smoke shops” and “head
shops” located in Albuquerque, Roswell, Hobbs, and west Texas. The
paraphernalia was seized in connection with federal investigations into
“spice” and synthetic cannabinoids led by the DEA in collaboration with
the FBI and their state and local law enforcement partners, which
resulted in cases prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. During the
investigations, search warrants were executed at “smoke shops” and “head
shops” leading to the seizure of drug paraphernalia, including glass
bongs, glass pipes, and other glassware used to ingest illegal narcotics
along with packaging material. In addition to the drug paraphernalia,
proceeds from the sale of the illegal sale of “spice” and synthetic
cannabinoids and drug paraphernalia were seized and forfeited to the
United States Government.
The U.S. Marshals Service is the primary custodian of seized and forfeited property for the Department of Justice’s Asset Forfeiture Program. The asset forfeiture authority is used to remove the financial incentives from crime, depriving criminals of the cash and other assets they rely upon to facilitate their illegal activity against our society, thereby dismantling criminal organizations. These operations make New Mexico a safer place to live and raise families.
The destruction of the drug paraphernalia will take place January 27, 2017 at 2:00 pm at the City of Albuquerque Solid Waste Facility located at, 18000 Cerro Colorado S.W. Albuquerque N.M. There will be an opportunity to take photos of the items to be destroyed immediately before the destruction and the media will be able to film the destruction. U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez, Mayor Richard J. Berry, DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge Sean R. Waite and Assistant Special Agent in Charge Derek A. Fuller will join U.S. Marshal Conrad E. Candelaria in making brief remarks and answering questions immediately before the drug paraphernalia is destroyed.
Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.
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