Deming man pleads guilty to federal marijuana offense
LAS CRUCES – United States Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales announced that today,Diego Peña, 29, of Deming, New Mexico, pled guilty to an information charging him with possession with intent to distribute 39 kilograms of marijuana. Peña faces a sentence of up to five years of imprisonment and two years of supervised release.
According to the criminal complaint, on November 2, 2010, Peña drove a Ford Mustang into a United States Border Patrol checkpoint on New Mexico Highway 26. A drug detecting canine alerted to the rear and front bumpers of the car. When agents searched the car, they found 90 bundles of marijuana hidden in the bumpers. The complaint alleged that Peña had agreed to deliver the marijuana to Albuquerque from Palomas, Mexico.
Peña remains at a halfway house pending his sentencing hearing. This case was investigated by the United States Border Patrol and the Drug Enforcement Administration, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney W. Ronald Jennings.