- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 4, 2014

LAREDO, Texas (AP) - Two men face up to life in prison and possible $10 million fines for helping recruit drivers and couriers in a Texas drug trafficking ring.

A federal jury in Laredo late Monday convicted Edgar Loera of Mira Loma, Calif., and Miguel Angel Vives-Macias of San Antonio in a case linked to heroin and methamphetamine.

Both were convicted of conspiracy to import and possession with intent to distribute controlled substances, plus importation and possession with intent to distribute heroin.

Prosecutors say 10 other people pleaded guilty in the conspiracy since 2011. Some implicated Loera and Vives-Macias with recruiting drivers and couriers in California and Texas. The ring extended from Mexico to Laredo, Antonio, Houston and Dallas - plus California, Illinois and Washington.

Loera and Vives-Macias remain in custody pending sentencing.

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