The FBI arrested 7 people on Wednesday linked to a drug sting operation that happened on June 22nd in Socorro, Clint, and San Elizario. The defendants were wanted for federal drug trafficking and weapon charges.
The Socorro Police Department tells NewsChannel 9 one woman and three men were arrested at around 6 am Wednesday morning at a home on Philip Drive in Socorro.
The three individuals were taken to the El Paso County Detention Facility at around 10:45 am. Four others were taken into custody later in the day. The Socorro Police Department confirms the arrests stemmed from the raid in June where FBI seized a kilo of cocaine, 26 firearms, and approximately $63,000.
Lt. Smith, with the Socorro Police Department, says it is one of their biggest drug busts.
“Just in volumes on individuals, the drug seizure, and the money seizure — it’s one of the largest Socorro has been involved in,” he says.
Smith tells NewsChannel 9 they are still looking to arrest more individuals, but he wasn’t able to say how many. Smith says the narcotics investigation is ongoing.
The FBI says 7 defendants are in custody. The 8th person accused of distributing more than 500 grams of cocaine and using 12 handguns and rifles for the operation of a drug trafficking crime turned himself in back in June. He’s out on a $20,000 bond.
The seven defendants are scheduled to have their first appearance in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael A. Torres on Thursday afternoon. The FBI says the defendants face between five to forty years in federal prison.