El Paso man convicted of drug trafficking in NM

May 31, 2013 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An El Paso man has been found guilty of heroin trafficking after a four-day federal trial in Albuquerque.

U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales announced Friday that a federal [auth] jury convicted 43-year-old Francisco Burciaga after a retrial of his 2008 arrest.

Prosecutors say officers found 32 pounds of heroin in Burciaga’s vehicle during a routine traffic stop in rural Colfax County, N.M. Authorities say the value of the heroin in 2008 was at least $2.9 million.

He was indicted and charged with possession of heroin with intent to distribute. An earlier trial in Nov. 2010 ended in a mistrial.

Burciaga has been in federal custody since his arrest in June 2008.

A sentencing hearing has not been scheduled.

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