ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – David “Flaco” Chavez, 43, and Ednamay De La Rosa, 38, both of Albuquerque, have been charged with being felons in possession of firearms and ammunition. At a hearing on June 7, Chavez was ordered detained pending trial. De La Rosa made an initial appearance in court on June 10 and will remain in custody pending a detention hearing scheduled for June 14.
According to a criminal complaint, on June 2 agents with the FBI’s Albuquerque Violent Crime Gang Task Force (VCGTF), detectives with the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office and officers from the Albuquerque Police Department executed federal search warrants on Chavez’s and De La Rosa’s residences. Ammunition allegedly was located by agents during the search of Chavez’s residence. Among the items allegedly located by agents during the search of De La Rosa’s residence were four firearms and various types of ammunition as well as a suppressor and a 50-round drum magazine.
At the time of the alleged offenses, Chavez was serving a term of supervised release for a 2014 conviction for possession with intent to distribute heroin and possession of a firearm during, in relation to and in the furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. De La Rosa also has a prior felony conviction for possession with intent to distribute heroin. As previously convicted felons, Chavez and De La Rosa cannot legally possess firearms or ammunition.
A complaint is only an allegation. Defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. If convicted, Chavez and De La Rosa face up to 10 years in prison.
The Albuquerque VCGTF investigated this case with assistance from the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alexander Uballez is prosecuting the case.