California man pleads guilty to a heroin trafficking charge

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – A California man has pleaded guilty to a heroin trafficking charge in New Mexico and could be facing 20 years in prison.

Prosecutors say 28-year-old Mario Arvizo Padron Jr., of Bakersfield, entered his plea Tuesday in a federal court in Albuquerque.

Padron was arrested in April 2015 after federal drug agents seized more than 9 ½ pounds of heroin from him at a bus station in Albuquerque.

Prosecutors say the heroin was contained in bundles that were concealed inside the lining of Padron’s luggage.

They say Padron pleaded guilty to a felony charge of possession of heroin with intent to distribute.

He remains in federal custody pending his sentencing hearing, which has yet to be scheduled.

Prosecutors say at sentencing, Padron faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

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