ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Rastice Lee Burdex, 28, of Albuquerque, was arraigned on April 26 in federal court on an indictment for being a felon in possession of a firearm. A federal grand jury indicted Burdex on Sept. 10, 2020. Burdex will remain detained pending trial.
According to the indictment and other court records, on Aug. 20, 2020, Albuquerque Police stopped the vehicle in which Burdex was traveling. A search of the vehicle allegedly revealed a loaded handgun beneath the drivers’ seat.
Burdex was previously convicted of aggravated battery against a household member with a deadly weapon and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. As a previously convicted felon, Burdex cannot legally possess a firearm or ammunition.
An indictment is only an allegation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. If convicted, Burdex faces up to 10 years in prison.
The FBI Albuquerque Field Office investigated this case with assistance from the Albuquerque Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alexander M. Uballez is prosecuting the case.