- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 12, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A Mexican man has been sentenced to more than eight years in federal prison for trafficking methamphetamine in Roswell.

Prosecutors say 34-year-old Hector Ruiz was sentenced Tuesday in a Las Cruces federal court to a 188-month prison term followed by five years of supervised release.

Ruiz, from Jalisco, was arrested in September 2012 and he pleaded guilty in the case last June.

A three-count indictment charged Ruiz with conspiracy and possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

Authorities executed a search warrant on Sept. 14, 2012, at a Roswell home. They recovered about three pounds of methamphetamine and $30,000 which Ruiz admitted belonged to him.

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