By Associated Press - Monday, June 15, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A Mexican man who admitted trafficking cocaine while in New Mexico was sentenced Monday to more than three years in prison.

Tomas Bustamante-Machado, 51, had pleaded guilty three months ago to a charge of possession of heroin with intent to distribute.

Bustamante-Machado, who was living in the Phoenix area at the time of his arrest, was pulled over by a police officer on Jan. 16 in Bernalillo County for a traffic violation.

Officers found nearly three pounds of heroin in a search of the vehicle driven by Bustamante-Machado.

Bustamante-Machado, who was in the country illegally, will be deported after he completes his sentence.

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