Arkansas woman sentenced to 5 years in New Mexico in drug case

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) – A 47-year-old Arkansas woman has been sentenced in New Mexico to five years in prison on federal convictions for trafficking in methamphetamine and cocaine.

Shelia Villegas of Manila, Arkansas, was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Albuquerque.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for New Mexico said charges against Villegas arose out of the seizure of 20 Pounds of methamphetamine and 700 grams of cocaine found during an April 29, 2014 traffic stop.

According to the office, a Homeland Security Investigations agent testified that Villegas acknowledged after being arrested that she was transporting drugs from California to Arkansas in exchange for $10,000 plus $500 in travel expenses.

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