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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Mexico

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Las Cruces Woman Sentenced to Prison for Federal Methamphetamine Trafficking Conviction

ALBUQUERQUE – Leticia Maria Rodriguez, 35, of Las Cruces, N.M., was sentenced today in federal court to 51 months in prison for her methamphetamine trafficking conviction. She will be on supervised release for three years after completing her prison sentence.


Rodriguez was arrested in March 2016, and was charged by criminal complaint with possessing methamphetamine and heroin with intent to distribute and conspiracy to possess methamphetamine with intent to distribute on March 4, 2016, in Dona Ana County, N.M. According to the complaint, law enforcement agents located approximately 75.7 grams of methamphetamine, 43.3 grams of heroin and drug paraphernalia during the execution of a search warrant on Rodriguez’s residence.


Rodriguez pled guilty on May 10, 2016, to a felony information charging her with conspiracy to possess methamphetamine with intent to distribute. In entering the guilty plea, Rodriguez admitted that on March 4, 2016, law enforcement located approximately 65.8 grams of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in her residence during the execution of a search warrant. Rodriguez further admitted that she obtained the methamphetamine from a source of supply and intended to distribute the methamphetamine to other individuals.


This case was investigated by the Las Cruces offices of Homeland Security Investigations and DEA. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark A. Saltman of the U.S. Attorney’s Las Cruces Branch Office prosecuted the case.

Drug Trafficking
Updated April 19, 2017