ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Two Santa Fe residents made their first appearance in federal court on Tuesday. Twenty-five-year-old Werni Lopez-Perez and 19-year-old Mario Guizar-Anchondo were indicted on firearm and drug trafficking charges.

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They face charges of conspiracy, possession with the intent to distribute 400 grams and more of fentanyl, possession with the intent to distribute 500 grams and more of a mixture and substance containing methamphetamine, and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

On Dec. 30, 2021, Santa Fe Police performed a traffic stop because their taillights were out. Neither Lopez-Perez nor Guizar-Anchondo had a valid driver’s license, resulting in their vehicle being impounded. During a search of the vehicle they were driving, investigators allegedly recovered about 1,730.7 grams of methamphetamine, approximately 3,401.5 grams of fentanyl, five loaded firearms, and $5,563 in cash.

If convicted on the drug charges, Lopez-Perez and Guizar-Anchondo face a minimum of 10 years and up to life in prison. If convicted on the firearm charge, they would face a consecutive 5 years and up to life in prison. They will remain in custody pending an arraignment and detention hearing scheduled for Jan. 27.