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Roswell woman pleads guilty to meth trafficking

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A Roswell woman on Tuesday pleaded guilty in federal court in Las Cruces to methamphetamine trafficking charges, according to the office of the U.S. Attorney for New Mexico.

Monica Vega, 35, faces a 10-year prison sentence followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court, according to the terms of the plea agreement.

Vega was arrested on Nov. 17 on a three-count indictment charging her with methamphetamine trafficking and firearms offenses, according to information released Tuesday by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The indictment charged Vega with possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute on April 20, 2017 and on Oct. 20, 2017; and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime on April 20, 2017.

According to the indictment, Vega committed the crimes in Chaves County.

Vega pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute. In entering the plea, Vega admitted that on April 20, 2017, law enforcement agents seized approximately 57.8 grams of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and $1,083 while executing a search warrant at her residence. Vega also admitted that on Oct. 19, 2017, New Mexico State Police officers seized approximately 33.6 grams of methamphetamine from her when they arrested her on a traffic violation.

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Vega acknowledged that she planned to distribute the methamphetamine to others for money, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Vega has been in federal custody since her arrest and remains detained pending sentencing.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Homeland Security Investigations, the Roswell Police Department, New Mexico State Police and the HIDTA Chaves County Metro Narcotics Task Force.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Dustin C. Segovia and John Balla of the U.S. Attorney’s Las Cruces Branch Office are prosecuting the case.

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