- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 17, 2016

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - An Artesia woman has pleaded guilty to a money laundering conspiracy charge involving a drug case.

Prosecutors say 28-year-old Jerilyn Munoz entered her plea Wednesday in federal court in Las Cruces.

She was one of 34 people charged with federal and tribal drug offenses as the result of an 18-month multi-agency investigation into methamphetamine trafficking on the Mescalero Apache Reservation.

The investigation started in May 2014 in response to an increase in violent crime on the reservation and targeted a drug trafficking organization that allegedly was distributing methamphetamine.

Munoz was arrested last November and indicted.

During a change of plea hearing, Munoz pleaded guilty to the money laundering conspiracy charge.

At sentencing, prosecutors say Munoz faces up to 20 years in prison. Her sentencing hearing has yet to be scheduled.

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