Grand jury indicts 8 for drug trafficking and money laundering

Judges gavel

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – A federal grand jury has indicted eight New Mexico residents on heroin trafficking and money laundering charges.

Prosecutors say five defendants made their initial court appearances Monday.

Four remain in custody pending arraignment and detention hearings. The fifth was released on conditions of release and under pretrial supervision pending trial.

Of the three remaining defendants, one is in state custody on unrelated charges, another has been summoned to appear in federal court and the other is a fugitive.

The indictment is the result of a 15-month investigation targeting a drug trafficking organization that operated from at least June 2012 until this month in Taos County.

During the course of the investigation, law enforcement officers seized more than $378,000, more than 500 grams of heroin and seven kilograms of marijuana.

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