Minnesota police arrest Santa Fe man suspected to be involved in cocaine ring

Posted: July 2, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Adrian Ordonez-Flores (2008 jail mug shout from the Santa Fe County jail)

Authorities in Minnesota arrested a Santa Fe man early Monday and authorities say he’s the last defendant to be apprehended in a 14-person cocaine operation bust announced last week at a joint press conference involving the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the FBI, New Mexico State Police, Santa Fe Police Department and the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office.

Here is an email news release announcing Monday’s arrest, sent by FBI spokesman Frank Fisher out of Albuquerque:

A man being sought after a joint law enforcement operation in Santa Fe County last week apprehended several individuals allegedly tied to cocaine trafficking has been arrested in Minnesota.

Adrian Ordonez-Flores, 25, of Santa Fe, was arrested without incident early Monday (7/2/12) by FBI Special Agents in Burnsville, Minn., approximately 15 miles south of Minneapolis.

Ordonez-Flores was among 14 men indicted and charged with federal narcotics trafficking offenses as the result of a three-year investigation by the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force and the HIDTA Region III Narcotics Task Force that targeted major cocaine trafficking organizations operating in Santa Fe County.

Eight defendants were arrested in an early morning operation on June 28 in Santa Fe County:  Aldo Erives-Lopez, 29; Armando Gutierrez, 26; Ramiro Andazola, 41; Diego Encineas, 22; Javier Morales-Varela, 37; Miguel Gallegos, 30; Manuel Marquez, 38; and Diego Tena, 29.

Ordonez-Flores was the remaining defendant who had yet to be arrested and was considered a fugitive.

Efforts are underway to return Ordonez-Flores to New Mexico to face charges.


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