Fugitive from Carlsbad arrested in Juarez, Mexico for fentanyl trafficking

Two fugitives from Carlsbad wanted on federal and state drug trafficking charges were arrested in Mexico, police said, after they remained at large for almost a year.

Local and federal officials were alerted that David Haynes and Johnny Crowley were hiding in Juarez, according to a news release from the Pecos Valley Drug Task Force.

Haynes was charged with drug trafficking crimes stemming from a local investigation that accused him on March 20, 2023 of possessing 17,000 fentanyl pills at his Carlsbad home. Crowley, who was living with Haynes in Mexico was wanted on an arrest warrant for probation violation, read the release.

Following the investigation into Haynes’ drug trafficking activities, he moved out of Carlsbad by the time evidence was gathered and charges were filed, read the release.

The Task Force’s federal partners in the case, which included the U.S. Marshals Service, Drug Enforcement Agency and Homeland Security Investigations, contacted Mexican authorities upon hearing of Haynes’ and Crowley’s whereabouts, the release read. Mexican law enforcement located the men and transported them back to the U.S. via a port of entry between El Paso and Juarez.

The Eddy County Sheriff’s Office and Carlsbad Police Department assisted in the investigation through the federal High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program.

The arrest warrant for Haynes was first issued in June 2023 after police searched his home on Western Way in Carlsbad where they found the fentanyl pills buried in his backyard. They were found near a shed where in September 2021, 12-year-old Brent Sullivan was found dead after overdosing on the drug, police said.

Haynes was not charged with any crime related to Sullivan’s death. Sullivan’s mother Alexis Murray Smith was convicted in 2023 of intentional child abuse resulting in death and child abuse not resulting in death and sentenced to 18 years in prison. Murray Smith’s mother Kelli Smith was awaiting trial for identical charges.

Haynes was previously charged in August 2022 for drug trafficking following an investigation in July that year where police said Haynes was found in possession of fentanyl. He was also charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana in 2019, and records show Haynes competed his probation satisfactorily on that charge.

He was also charged in July 2022 with kidnapping in the first and attempt to commit a felony (aggravated battery with great bodily harm).

Adrian Hedden can be reached at 575-628-5516, achedden@currentargus.com or @AdrianHedden on the social media platform X.

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