- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 14, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A 39-year-old Mexican national who allegedly led a heroin trafficking ring in Albuquerque faces 20 years in federal prison on federal convictions.

Miguel Bustamante-Conchas was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court. A jury convicted him last August of conspiracy to distribute heroin and possession with the intent to distribute heroin.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says Bustamante-Conchas was one of seven people arrested in June 2013 after a 15-month multiagency investigation into heroin trafficking in the Albuquerque area.

The investigation resulted in the seizure in over 25 pounds of heroin.

The Drug Enforcement Administration says Bustamante-Conchas’ case demonstrates a “relentless commitment” by the DEA to target those trafficking in drugs in New Mexico.

The office says Bustamante-Conchas is a permanent legal resident who will be deported after he completes his sentence.

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