Calif. man pleads guilty in NM drug case

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ALBUQUERQUE (AP) – A California man has pleaded guilty to federal charges arising out of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine to New Mexico. Prosecutors say 31-year-old Mario Humberto Llantada, of La Puente, pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in Las Cruces to a four-count indictment charging him with methamphetamine trafficking and money laundering.

Llantada and a 41-year-old co-defendant were indicted in March. The two were charged with conspiracy to distribute meth from Los Angeles to New Mexico’s Dona Ana County.

The indictment also charged Llantada with money laundering and using a communication facility in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Llantada has been in federal custody since his arrest and remains detained pending sentencing, which has yet to be scheduled.

Prosecutors say he faces a sentence of between 10 years to life in prison.

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