Monica Villegas (Left), Beverly Villegas (Right)
The New Mexico State Police arrested two women, Wednesday, as part of an interdiction operation to stop drug trafficking.
Uniformed officers from Roswell District 3, along with K-9 units, stopped a silver 2013 Hyundai four-door rental car on U.S. 285, near mile post 120.
The driver Monica Villegas, 21, and the passenger Beverly Villegas, 55, of Santa Rosa, Calif., told officers they were traveling from Santa Rosa to San Antonio, Texas. An NMSP officer detected the odor of raw marijuana.
Their investigation yielded 40.4 pounds of marijuana in the trunk of the vehicle. Both mother and daughter were placed under arrest on charges of distribution of marijuana and conspiracy.
They were booked into the Chaves County Detention Center on a $50,000 bond each.