Mexican man sentenced for heroin trafficking in New Mexico

March 6, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Mexican man has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison for heroin trafficking in New Mexico.

Prosecutors say 27-year-old Gonzalo Montenegro-Coronel was sentenced Tuesday in an Albuquerque court and will be deported after completing his prison term.

Montenegro-Coronel and four co-defendants were charged in a 13-count indictment with heroin trafficking conspiracy between November 2014 and September 2015 and with using telephones to facilitate drug trafficking crimes.

He pleaded guilty to distributing heroin and three counts of using a communication device in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Montenegro-Coronel admitted to participating in a heroin trafficking conspiracy by ordering bulk quantities of heroin from Mexico, which authorities say was then prepared and distributed to buyers in the Albuquerque area by his co-defendants.

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