Albuquerque drug traffickers sentenced to 17 years in prison | USAO-NM

ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Alexander MM Uballez, the United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico, announced that John Seibel was sentenced Aug. 2 to 17 years and six months in prison. Seibel, 26, of Albuquerque, pleaded guilty March 15 to two distributions of 50 grams and more of a substance and mixture containing methamphetamine, four distributions of 40 grams and more of fentanyl, two distributions of 500 grams and more of a mixture and Substance containing methamphetamine and a charge of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances.

In his pleading, Seibel admitted to running a drug trafficking organization that distributed methamphetamine and fentanyl. According to his plea agreement and other court filings, Seibel sold drugs to an undercover Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent on multiple occasions between April 1, 2021 and June 15, 2021. Seibel sold fentanyl pills made by others, but also acquired a pill press and other components to make his own fentanyl pills for distribution. On May 12, 2021, Seibel sold the undercover cop’s drugs, including fentanyl pills, that Seibel and others made using the pill press. In total, between April 1, 2021 and May 27, 2021, Seibel sold 2,437.8 grams of methamphetamine and 546.4 grams of fentanyl to the undercover cop.

Seibel was arrested after selling 1,368.6 grams of fentanyl and 1,333 grams of methamphetamine on June 15, 2021. On the same day, law enforcement officers executed search warrants against Seibel’s home and other locations linked to his drug trafficking activity. Agents stole a total of $84,139.19 from Seibel’s home and vehicle, which Seibel admitted was proceeds from his illegal drug trade. At a residence in Tijeras, New Mexico, agents seized the pill press, a powder granulator, and other materials that Seibel used to make fentanyl pills. Agents also found 833.7 grams of powdered fentanyl, 400 grams of blue fentanyl pills, 48.3 grams of yellow fentanyl pills, and 7,762 grams of methamphetamine. In a secret stash in Albuquerque, agents found 634 grams of methamphetamine and 3,869.4 grams of fentanyl pills.

“John Seibel put the lives of countless people at risk as he callously pursued his own enrichment,” U.S. Attorney Uballez said. “The illegal and unregulated manufacture and trafficking of counterfeit pills has contributed to the toll of fentanyl overdoses that have devastated the District of New Mexico and communities across the country. We will work diligently to stop these manufacturing operations and prosecute those who would benefit from their blatant disregard for the lives of our people.”

“While drug overdose/poisoning deaths continue to rise in our country, Mr. Seibel has made these dangerous illegal drugs readily available to New Mexicans for his benefit,” said Greg Millard, special agent in charge of the DEA El Paso Division. “DEA and its partners will continue to hold accountable those responsible for poisoning our communities as we step up our campaigns to educate the public about the dangers of illicit drug use and drug abuse.”

After his release from prison, Seibel was released under supervision for five years.

Agencies involved in the investigation included DEA Albuquerque District Office, DEA El Paso Division, DEA El Paso Division SRT, DEA Las Cruces District Office, DEA St. Louis Division, DEA South Central Laboratory, DEA Aviation and the FBI Albuquerque Field Office, United States Postal Inspection Service, Homeland Security Investigations, Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office, Albuquerque Police Department, Pueblo of Laguna Police Department, Pueblo of Pojoaque Police Department, Valencia County Sheriff’s Office, Rio Rancho Police Department, Torrance County Sheriff’s Office, Belen Police Department and Albuquerque Fire & Rescue.

The US Attorney for the District of New Mexico has been prosecuting this case.

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