ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A Phoenix man has been found guilty of drug trafficking between Arizona and New Mexico and using an Alamogordo car dealership to launder the money.
A jury found Robert Chavez guilty of racketeering, drug trafficking, money laundering and other charges and faces 36 years in prison.
His arrest was part of a huge drug ring take down.
Others are allegedly involved but have not been to trial yet.
Prosecutors say over a four and a half year period, the defendants funneled $293,000 in cash through Richardson Motors trying to pretend the money was used to buy vehicles.