A New Mexico man has been convicted of racketeering and conspiracy for his role in an interstate methamphetamine trafficking ring.
A Chaves County jury found Matias Loza guilty last week for working with AZ Boys' — a criminal syndicate authorities say brought large amounts of methamphetamine from Phoenix to Otero County.
The 33-year-old Loza was then sentenced to nine years in prison for second-degree felony racketeering and three years for third-degree conspiracy to commit racketeering.
Loza's trial was moved to Roswell because of pretrial publicity.
Loza also is charged with one count of first-degree felony murder and second-degree felony conspiracy to commit murder in the 2011 death of 31-year-old Richard Valdez. He has pleaded not guilty.
Information from: Alamogordo Daily News, http://www.alamogordonews.com
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