Deming man gets federal prison term for meth trafficking
LAS CRUCES, New Mexico (AP) — A Deming man has been sentenced to more than seven years in federal prison for methamphetamine trafficking. Prosecutors say 38-year-old Ricardo Rodriguez-Magallanes received an 87-month prison sentence Tuesday in federal court in Las Cruces followed by two years of supervised release. Rodriguez-Magallanes was arrested and indicted in October 2012 for participating in a Deming-based methamphetamine trafficking ring. The indictment charged eight defendants with conspiracy to distribute meth in southern New Mexico communities including Deming, Las Cruces and Sunland Park between April 2012 and October 2012. Rodriguez-Magallanes was among six suspects arrested in the case. Two suspects who are Mexican nationals remain at large and are considered fugitives. Prosecutors say Rodriguez-Magallanes pleaded guilty in March 2013 to participation in a methamphetamine trafficking conspiracy and distribution of meth.