New Mexico bust nets fentanyl, other illicit drugs

New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Arizona man is facing charges in New Mexico after authorities found a cache of illicit drugs that included thousands of fentanyl pills while serving a search warrant.

The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office said Friday that Terry Ingram, 54, of Phoenix is accused of violating parole and has been charged with multiple counts of trafficking and possession with intent to distribute.

He was booked into the Metropolitan Detention Center. Court records did not show that an attorney had been appointed for him yet.

Deputies and members of an FBI task force seized about 18,000 pills along with meth, heroin and other substances after getting a tip Ingram would regularly travel from Arizona to New Mexico with narcotics and would distribute them in the Albuquerque area, authorities said.

A criminal complaint says authorities found the drugs on the floorboard of Ingram’s vehicle and in two bags that were hidden in the vehicle’s engine compartment. He told authorities he acted as a middle man and would take the cash from the drug deals in New Mexico back to Arizona, the complaint says.

The information that led to Thursday’s bust stemmed from a recent gang intelligence operation. Sheriff Manuel Gonzales said in a statement that such operations in Albuquerque continue to produce results that are helping to make the community safer.

Authorities said Ingram had served time in the Arizona Department of Corrections on prior drug-related charges. It was his first arrest in Bernalillo County.

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