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Deming Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Methamphetamine Trafficking Charges

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE – Flavio Loya Moncada, 53, of Deming, N.M., pleaded guilty yesterday afternoon in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to methamphetamine trafficking charges.

Moncada was arrested on March 11, 2015, on a criminal complaint charging him with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute on March 6, 2015, in Doña Ana County, N.M., after Moncada attempted to sell approximately 235.1 grams of methamphetamine to an undercover law enforcement agent. 

Moncada was subsequently charged in a four-count indictment with distributing methamphetamine on Jan. 10, 2015, Jan. 30, 2015, Feb. 14, 2015, and March 6, 2015.  The crimes charged in the indictment took place in Doña Ana County.  The indictment also included forfeiture allegations requiring Moncada to forfeit $10,600.00 to the United States.

During yesterday’s proceedings, Moncada pled guilty to the indictment and admitted selling a total of 450.4 grams of pure methamphetamine to an undercover law enforcement agent during four separate drug deals.  More specifically, Moncada admitted selling the following quantities of methamphetamine to the undercover agent:  52 grams on Jan. 10, 2015; 92 grams on Jan. 30, 2015; 165 grams on Feb. 14, 2015; and 140 grams on March 6, 2015.

At sentencing, Moncada faces a mandatory minimum of five years and a maximum of 40 years in federal prison followed by not less than four years of supervised release.  Moncada remains in custody pending a sentencing hearing which has yet to be scheduled.

This case was investigated by the Las Cruces office of the FBI and the HIDTA Regional Interagency Drug Task Force/Metro Narcotics Task Force and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Maria Y. Armijo of the U.S. Attorney’s Las Cruces Branch Office.

The HIDTA Regional Interagency Drug Task Force/Metro Narcotics Task Force is comprised of officers from the Las Cruces Police Department, the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office, the FBI, HSI and the New Mexico State Police.  The High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) program was created by Congress with the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988.  HIDTA is a program of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) which provides assistance to federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies operating in areas determined to be critical drug-trafficking regions of the United States and seeks to reduce drug trafficking and production by facilitating coordinated law enforcement activities and information sharing.


Updated February 11, 2016

Drug Trafficking