Albuquerque police arrest Coronado Park drug dealer

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Albuquerque narcotics detectives, with the help of DEA agents, made a major drug bust just north of downtown this week.

According to police, Thaaer “Mike” Tomasaour has been arrested on federal drug trafficking charges. He reportedly sold one pound of meth to an undercover DEA agent at the Court John Motel on 4th Street.

Tomasaour was allegedly running an operation out of the motel – and heading half a mile up the road to Coronado Park to find customers.

“I think we do, I think we have to be tougher on drug crimes,” said APD Chief Harold Medina.

Medina said Tomasaour had thousands of fentanyl pills and over five pounds of meth. Undercover detectives reportedly also purchased large quantities of heroin, fentanyl, and firearms from Tomasaour. Police said he often trades fentanyl and other drugs for stolen merchandise.

The chief is working closely with the feds because the federal justice system is more likely to hold drug traffickers accountable.

“Many times it is a whack-a-mole and we go after the next individual, but at a certain time, with the right consequences, individuals are going to decide to change their lifestyles,” Medina said.

Tomasaour has a history of crimes in New Mexico’s court system – between stealing cars and moving drugs – and in 2018 he got four years in prison.

Now, four years later, he’s facing similar allegations with the feds.