Calif man gets prison time for heroin trafficking

November 6, 2013 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A California man has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for a heroin trafficking conviction in New Mexico.

Prosecutors say 49-year-old Louie Villegas, [auth] of Palm Springs, also was sentenced Tuesday to five years of supervised release after his prison term.

Villegas was arrested in April after a search at a Greyhound bus station in Albuquerque.

Federal drug agents say they found more than a kilogram of heroin concealed inside the inner soles of the tennis shoes Villegas was wearing.

He subsequently was indicted and charged with possession of heroin with intent to distribute.

Villegas pleaded guilty in the case in August.

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