The couple, Enrique Cavazos, 29, and his wife Lindsey, 30, are accused of running a marijuana trafficking operation spanning several businesses, including Café Bien on Fourth and Central, according to a statement released by Elizabeth Martinez, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office. They were arrested by a task force made up of federal, state and local agencies and indicted along with Enrique Cavazos’ father and five others on 26 counts.
Six of the suspected traffickers have been arrested, Martinez said, and five have been released under pretrial supervision.
The indictment follows a two-year investigation alleging Enrique Cavazos led a drug trafficking ring that grew “high-grade marijuana” in California and distributed it throughout the country, Martinez said. Lindsay Cavazos allegedly kept the books they used to launder the drug money, she said.
Agents with the FBI and local and state agencies seized more than 200 pounds of marijuana, $900,000 in cash, 10 firearms, and 22 vehicles, Martinez said. The majority of the cars were from Love Auto car dealership on Lomas NE, which the couple also own, she said.
Following the indictment, the government seized several properties in Las Vegas, N.M., the couple’s Tijeras property, the funds from eight bank accounts, Lindsay Cavazos’ diamond ring, $319,300 in cash and Café Bien, Martinez said. Café Bien, which opened in spring 2014, is now closed, according to its Facebook page.
Enrique Cavazos does not have a violent or drug-related criminal history in New Mexico, according to online court records. He has been charged with traffic violations.
Antonio Ruelas, 31, of Algodones, Eliberto Navia, 34, of Madera, Calif., and Lindsey Cavazos were released and are under pretrial supervision. Enrique Cavazos was released on the condition that he live in a half-way house. Robert Moreno, 35, of Ukia, Calif., was arrested Wednesday and released. Joaquin Alaniz, 38, of Carlsbad, remains behind bars.
Authorities are still looking for Daniel Nieto, 28, of Carlsbad, and Enrique’s father Felix Cavazos, 47, of Albuquerque.