LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say they have arrested 13 Las Cruces residents suspected of participating in a heroin trafficking circle.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports authorities announced Tuesday that 15 people are facing federal heroin trafficking charges as the result of a two-year multi-agency investigation.

A statement from the Department of Justice says 13 of the 15 defendants in the case were in custody as of Tuesday.

Authorities have not been able to apprehend a Mexican man suspected of being the source of supply for a heroin trafficking operation that supplied heroin to couriers that would smuggle the drug from Ciudad Juarez to El Paso, Texas and Las Cruces.

A Las Cruces man also facing charges related to the heroin trafficking ring is also on the run.

All the defendants face up to 40 years in prison if convicted.


Information from: Las Cruces Sun-News,