ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Gerald Herrera was driving a stolen car when Albuquerque police tried to pull him over in the Motel 6 parking lot at 1000 Avenida César Chávez SE.
Herrera, 30, had plenty of experience with local law enforcement. He had prior felony convictions for homicide by vehicle, possession of cocaine, receiving or transferring a stolen vehicle, tampering with evidence and auto burglary.
He decided to make a run for it.
Spike strips laid out by officers brought Herrera’s run for freedom to a quick end.
Inside the car, they found a handgun and a plastic bag full of individually packaged baggies of methamphetamine and heroin ready for street sales. Dealers selling both types of drugs have become much more common in recent years because meth addicts use heroin to come down from their meth binges.
Herrera pleaded guilty to violating federal firearms and drug laws, and faces a maximum penalty of 20 years on the heroin charge and a mandatory five years on the firearms charge that has to be served consecutively to any other sentence.
His case was prosecuted in federal court as part of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Heroin and Opioid Prevention and Education (HOPE) Initiative.