ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A nearly two-year-long FBI investigation came to a dramatic end this week in northeast Albuquerque. Authorities say the man who was shot and killed by FBI agents on Wednesday was a prominent southeast Albuquerque gang leader tied to drugs, guns, and prostitution.
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According to a federal court search warrant, 31-year-old Marquez Floyd was a leader of a Bloods-affiliated gang called KTP. Albuquerque Police Chief Harold Medina says the 2019 murder of UNM baseball player Jackson Weller prompted the 20-month long investigation into KTP, after a member of that gang was arrested and charged for Weller’s murder. “That was the catalyst; when we really identified the group and really started focusing and looking at them. It took us some time to get the resources in place,” Medina says.
This week, FBI agents were attempting to serve a search warrant on Floyd near Wyoming and Northeastern when the shootout began.
Unsealed court documents say Floyd was trafficking guns and drugs from his stash house near Central and Tramway. Floyd has been on the FBI’s radar for nearly two years.
In the last 12 days, FBI investigators got a tip that Floyd posted multiple firearms for sale that included AR-15 rifles and AK-47s. Agents also say Floyd was trafficking women and tied to a string of robberies and assaults.
APD says in 2019, KTP was responsible for nearly a third of gang-related shootings in Albuquerque. “All the information we had on known shootings, they were involved in 30 percent and of you think about that for one group of individuals to be involved in a third of the shootings in the city at the time it was just a tremendous amount of violence that was associated with this gang,” Medina says.
Detectives also noted five to six dog kennels in the front yard of Floyd’s stash house. They say he was known to breed and sell “bully” breed dogs on Facebook.
Albuquerque Animal Welfare tells News 13 they last contacted Floyd in 2016, and he faced multiple charges connected to animal abuse and neglect. But they were all dismissed. Chief Medina says there are two other gangs they are concerned about and that’s where they plan to direct their resources next.