ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – Edwin Padilla is facing federal charges for his role in an alleged human smuggling and drug ring. Investigators spent the last two months surveilling a home on 90th Street near Bridge and witnessed groups coming and going. A criminal complaint states Padilla was among them.
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Homeland Security executed a search warrant at the home Tuesday and found Padilla in a car with drugs and a gun. Investigators say Padilla was suspected of smuggling Guatemalan immigrants in July 2021 and has a previous drug conviction.