Ex-leader of Albuquerque-based trafficking ring pleads guilty to drug charge, money laundering


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ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — Authorities say the former leader of an Albuquerque-based drug trafficking organization has pleaded guilty to a cocaine charge and money laundering.

Federal prosecutors say 35-year-old Christopher Roybal entered his plea Wednesday.

Under a plea agreement, prosecutors say Roybal will receive a 14-year prison sentence.

They say Roybal is one of the 19 defendants charged in December 2012 with drug trafficking and money laundering charges.

Prosecutors say Roybal and 10 other people conspired to distribute large quantities of cocaine in New Mexico between August 2011 and December 2012.

They say Roybal and nine others conspired to distribute marijuana between October 2011 and December 2012 and the indictment also included 22 money laundering offenses.

Prosecutors say Roybal pleaded guilty to participating in a cocaine trafficking conspiracy and three money laundering conspiracies.

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