Man from Santa Cruz pleads guilty to federal drug trafficking

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ALBUQERQUE, N.M. – Andy Cordova, 32, of Santa Cruz, New Mexico, pleaded guilty in federal court on Mar. 2 to possession with intent to distribute heroin. Cordova was indicted by a federal grand jury on June 23, 2021.

According to the plea agreement, on July 5, 2020, Cordova was detained by Ohkay Owingeh Casino and Hotel security personnel on suspicion of possessing or distributing drugs on the premises. Cordova was arrested for drug trafficking after law enforcement executed a search warrant for his hotel room and discovered 16.96 grams of heroin.

Cordova faces a sentence of up to 20 years in prison.

The Santa Fe Resident Agency of the FBI investigated this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alexander F. Flores is prosecuting the case.