Eighth Suspect in SENM Drug Trafficking Pleads Guilty

THE EIGHTH OF TEN DEFENDANTS LINKED TO A SOUTHEAST NEW MEXICO DRUG TRAFFICKING RING PLED GUILTY TO FEDERAL CHARGES TUESDAY. DARRELL MOODY HAS THE DETAILS…

43-YEAR-OLD ROBERT PONCE, OF CARLSBAD, PLED GUILTY TO MULTIPLE FEDERAL DRUG TRAFFICKING AND FIRERMS. PROSECUTORS SAY PONCE HELPED TO TRAFFICK LARGE AMOUNTS OF METHAMPHETAMINE AND FIREARMS THROUGHOUT SOUTHEAST NEW MEXICO. HE’S ONE OF TEN PEOPLE FACING CHARGES IN A YEAR-OLD 34-COUNT FEDERAL INDICTMENT…WHICH INCLUDES 55 OVERT ACTS INCLUDING DISTRIBUTING METHAMPHETAMINE TO CHAVES AND EDDY COUNTIES. DURING THE INVESTIGATION, AUTHORITIES SIEZED MORE THAN TWO AND A HALF KILOS OF METH AND A TOTAL OF 44 FIREARMS. WHEN HE’S SENTENCED, PONCE FACES UP TO 40 YEARS IN PRISON.