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News Minute: Here is the latest New Mexico news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. MDT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - An Arizona man has been sentenced to more than five years in federal prison for methamphetamine trafficking in New Mexico. Prosecutors say 32-year-old Carlos Matta Heredia of Phoenix received a 63-month prison term Wednesday in a Las Cruces court, followed by three years of supervised release. Heredia was arrested last May after authorities found about six pounds of methamphetamine in his vehicle during a routine traffic stop on Interstate 10 in Luna County.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Across New Mexico, unusually warm March weather and virtually no rain for a month combined to create a weather phenomenon called a flash drought. It has resulted in dust storms that have closed highways, warnings for some to stay inside and rapid mountain snow melting that could threaten drinking water supplies and farmers' irrigation needs. Other affected areas include pockets of Arizona and Utah plus northern California and parts of the Midwest.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The top prosecutor for New Mexico's most populous judicial district wants the state Supreme Court to clarify the circumstances under which certain defendants can be held without bail pending trial. Bernalillo County District Attorney Raul Torrez announced Wednesday that he'll be filing a writ with the high court.

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) - A man accused of killing his family in southeastern New Mexico last summer has been extradited from Mexico. State Attorney General Hector Balderas made the announcement Wednesday, saying Juan David Villegas-Hernandez was in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

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