Man sentenced in oxycodone trafficking case – Albuquerque Journal

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Phillip Anaya, 38, of Santa Fe was sentenced in federal court Thursday to four years and eight months in federal prison for an oxycodone trafficking conviction.

Anaya is one of five Santa Fe residents – including a downtown merchant – who were charged in September 2013 in a 16-count indictment with participating in a trafficking ring. Anaya will be under three years of supervised release once he completes his prison term.

Anaya and his co-defendants – Ashraf Nassar, 31, Daniel Trujillo, 32, Krystal Holmes, 28, and Sarah Romero, 35 – were arrested as part of a multi-agency law enforcement investigation dubbed Operation High Desert Bash that included searches of three residences and Nassar’s Heavenly Boutique store on West San Francisco Street near the Plaza.

Officers seized approximately 7,300 milligrams of oxycodone, a narcotic painkiller legally sold by prescription, during the investigation.

Anaya pled guilty in November to conspiracy to distribute oxycodone, admitting that, from December 2012 through September 2013, he would frequently receive the painkillers from Nassar, which Anaya would then redistribute.

Two of Anaya’s co-defendants – Trujillo and Romero – also entered guilty pleas and both were recently sentenced to 18 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release.

Nassar and Holmes have entered pleas of not guilty and are awaiting trial.

Nassar also faces felony charges in state court for distribution of marijuana and hashish, and possession of oxycodone, as well as a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Before his arrest, Nassar had been involved in a high-profile feud with another downtown merchant, Nassar’s cousin, who owned a store across the street from the now-defunct Heavenly Boutique.

On Jan. 7, 2013, the cousin fired several shots at a car on West San Francisco after, he said, he saw someone from the car pointing a gun at him. Plainclothes police were on the scene prior to the shooting, on a stakeout as part of the investigation into allegations the cousin had made about Nassar.

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