- Associated Press - Thursday, July 14, 2016

SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (AP) - Federal authorities say an eight-month investigation into a New Mexico drug ring has netted heroin trafficking charges against 10 people.

Authorities say the drug syndicate led by 67-year-old Raymundo Munoz distributed heroin in Dona Ana County, which is situated along the U.S.-Mexico border.

He and suspects Juan Francisco Rivera, of El Paso, Texas, and Blanca Elias Tovar were arrested Monday by the Drug Enforcement Administration after authorities say Tovar crossed the border and was driven by Rivera to a meeting with Muñoz.

The U.S. Attorney’s office says six other suspects were arrested Thursday morning, and one remains at large.

A criminal complaint alleges Rivera regularly supplied Munoz with heroin smuggled across the border through El Paso, and Munoz distributed the drugs to other dealers from his home in Sunland Park.

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