- Associated Press - Friday, July 18, 2014

TAOS, N.M. (AP) - An alleged leader of a cocaine distribution ring has been indicted on tax evasion, conspiracy and money laundering charges in New Mexico along with his wife and daughter.

A Taos County grand jury returned indictments Thursday against 56-year-old Ismael Adame, 56-year-old Angela Adame and 31-year-old Jessica Gomez-Adame.

Authorities say the Adames and 18 other suspected cocaine dealers from Taos were arrested May 15 by state and federal agents.

They say Ismael Adame led a criminal operation that was responsible for trafficking cocaine into Taos County and then distributing it to dealers in Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah.

If convicted, prosecutors say he could be facing up to 90 years in prison.

Adame and his wife operated a Taos plumbing business and allegedly underreported hundreds of thousands of dollars of revenue.


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