ALBUQUERQUE—Lucas Segura, 22, of Los Lunas made his initial appearance in federal court in Albuquerque Thursday morning on an indictment charging him with a heroin trafficking offense. Segura remains in custody pending a detention hearing scheduled for today.
The indictment alleges that Segura unlawfully possessed heroin with intent to distribute in Bernalillo County April 1. At the time of the offense charged, Segura was a corrections officer at the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC).
According to state court filings, Segura was arrested April 1, on related state charges of trafficking controlled substances, bringing contraband into a jail, and conspiracy. Segura was on conditions of release from the state charges when he surrendered himself to the FBI earlier today.
If convicted on the offense charged in the federal indictment, Segura faces a maximum statutory penalty of twenty years in federal prison. Charges in indictments are merely accusations and defendants are presumed innocent unless found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
This case was investigated by the Albuquerque office of the FBI, the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office, and MDC’s Threat Security Group with assistance from the 2nd Judicial District Attorney’s Office, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Reeve L. Swainston.