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Date: 12-02-2022

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United States of America v. Rafael Columbie

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Court: United States District Court for the District of New Mexico (Bernalillo County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office

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Description: Albuquerque, New Mexico criminal law lawyer represented Defendant charged with conspiracy to possess and distribute meth and heroin.

The case against Rafael Columbie, age 53, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, was part of a long-term investigation into a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. On July 18, 2018, Columbie was traveling east on Interstate 40 when a New Mexico State Police Officer stopped Columbie for speeding. During a consensual search of the vehicle, officers found over 2.5 kilograms of methamphetamine and over 200 grams of heroin in bundles within a Coca-Cola soda box behind the driver seat.

Defendant faces a minimum of 10 years and up to life in prison when sentenced.

The Drug Enforcement Administration investigated this case with assistance from the New Mexico State Police. Assistant United States Attorneys Peter J. Eicker and David B. Hirsch are prosecuting the case.

Outcome: A jury found Defendant guilty.

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