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Albuquerque Smoke Shop Owner Appears in Court on Firearm and Drug Charges

Gabriel Monico Guevara, 40, of #Albuquerque, made an initial appearance in federal court today, facing charges of possessing firearms during, in relation to or in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense and #possession with intent to distribute #marijuana. Guevara will remain in custody pending a preliminary and detention hearing.

According to a criminal complaint, Albuquerque #police executed a search #warrant on Guevara’s residence and a smoke shop he owns through a limited liability #company (LLC). During the search of Guevara’s residence, investigators allegedly found seven firearms, six of which were loaded and three of which allegedly were stolen. They also allegedly recovered approximately 35.67 pounds of marijuana, 56 oxycodone #pills and approximately 3 #grams of cocaine. During the search of the #smoke shop, investigators found three firearms, two of which were loaded and allegedly stolen. They also allegedly recovered an additional 20.47 pounds of marijuana.

A complaint is only an allegation. A defendant is considered innocent unless and until proven guilty. If convicted, Guevara faces a minimum of five years and up to life in prison.

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