LAS CRUCES (AP) – Two suspects in a large drug trafficking ring that distributed heroin in Dona Ana County have pleaded guilty.
Esther Soliz and Angel Ortega entered guilty pleas this week in a federal case involving a heroin trafficking ring that included more than 20 people.
Authorities say that 19 of the 21 defendants charged in the ring have entered guilty pleas.
Soliz and Ortega participated in a heroin trafficking conspiracy, federal prosecutor say.
The leader of the groups, Jovita Belmonte-Gonzalez, was accused to supplying heroin to five drug trafficking organizations that distributed the drug around Las Cruces and Dona Ana County.
She has also pleaded guilty. Belmonte-Gonzalez ran the business from her home in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico. She faces 10 years in prison.