first published on March 26, 2019 by Will
Illegal immigrant drug traffickers were busted in Albuquerque with eight rifles, six handguns, night vision goggles, multiple sets of body armor, ballistic helmets, more than $33,000 in cash, and a small amount of cocaine.
Two of the rifles, including one fully automatic “machine gun” have already been confirmed to be stolen. Jesus Samaniego-Villa and his two passengers were charged with possession of stolen firearms in state court, but the case was quickly handed over to federal prosecutors to avoid being botched by the seemingly incompetent state court system.
Jesus Samaniego-Villa and the two passengers are part of a criminal organization ran by Jesus’ brother, Sergio Samaniego-Villa, who the FBI has been buying heroin and crack from through informants to build a case against the group.
Sergio was deported back in 2012 while facing pending drug charges. He and his wife were arrested again for drug trafficking in 2018, but posted bail and fled the state to California, where he continued to run the organization back in Albuquerque through surrogates like his brother Jesus.
The gun bust happened back in August 2018, but the Federal case is just now starting to be deliberated in court. The prosecution is claiming that the vehicle was followed because it matched the description of one involved in a domestic disturbance call, and was then pulled over after it swerved out of its lane of travel.
The defense attorneys are claiming that the vehicle search and seizure was illegal, as there was no probable cause, and that the weapons were in the vehicle because the defendants had spent the day at the range shooting.