Nine People Arrested in Connection with Alleged Drug Trafficking Ring

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

LEA COUNTY, N.M. - A big blow to a violent meth dealing ring. A federal investigation out of Lea County lands nine people in jail and takes nearly a million dollars worth of drugs off the streets.

The investigation was headed up by the Lea County Drug Task Force but it was so intense, they called on the help of Customs Agents and the Sheriff's Department.

This all went down in Hobbs and Lovington over the weekend.

That's where federal, state and local authorities arrested a total of nine people and seized more than six pounds of meth believed to have been sent into new Mexico from a Phoenix, Arizona drug operation.

We're told the value of those illegal drugs is more than $750,000.

Authorities also seized two vehicles they say were used in the operation.

The suspects could be losing even more of their property as a result of the operation.

We're told investigators relied, partly, on aerial surveillance to help bust this group of alleged drug traffickers.

Right now none of the suspects' names are being released because this is an ongoing investigation.

We'll keep tracking the story and update you with any new information as soon as we get it.