Accused murderer convicted of meth trafficking

Murder suspect convicted on meth trafficking charges

Chaves County, N.M. (KRQE) – A New Mexico man has been convicted of racketeering and conspiracy for his involvement in an interstate meth trafficking ring.

A Chaves County jury found 33-year-old Matias Loza guilty for working with a group that brought methamphetamine from Phoenix to Otero County.

The judge sentenced Loza to 12 years in prison.

Loza is also facing charges for the 2011 murder of Richard Valdez. Valdez’s body was found in a burned out car south of Alamogordo. He has pled not guilty in that case. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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