Former Albuquerque firefighter sentenced to prison

August 22, 2013 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former Albuquerque firefighter has been sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for structuring drug trafficking proceeds.

Prosecutors say 33-year-old Steve Chavez also was sentenced Wednesday to three years of [auth] supervised release and ordered to forfeit $182,000 to the federal government.

Chavez was arrested in January 2012 on a 29-count federal indictment charging him and 14 co-defendants with drug trafficking, money laundering and currency structuring offenses.

The indictment charged them with participating in a drug trafficking organization that distributed cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana between May 2011 and January 2012.

Chavez pleaded guilty to a currency structuring charge in April. He admitted that between July and August of 2011, he structured currency transactions for the purpose of avoiding federal reporting requirements for deposits and withdrawals involving more than $10,000.

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