Tony Torrez back in court on firearm, drug charges

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The man serving 16 years behind bars for shooting and killing 4-year-old Lilly Garcia is now facing federal drug and firearms charges.

Tony Torrez was sentenced last week after pleading guilty to Lilly’s murder and on Wednesday he appeared in court on the drug and gun charges.

According to a criminal complaint, the charges stem from searches that were conducted just after the shooting.

On October 21, 2015, investigators executed a search warrant at the home where Torrez was believed to be residing. During the search, investigators found cell phones, shoe boxes full of cash, small amounts of marijuana and a substance believed to be marijuana wax. Officials say they also found items that are consistent with distributing marijuana.

Search warrants were also executed on two vehicles that detectives had observed at the residence. Officials found more cash, drugs, guns and a lot of ammunition.

In total, investigators say they found approximately $64,000 in cash and more than 100 ammunition cartridges during the searches.

Read the criminal complaint ยป

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