Wed. Dec 11th, 2019

Portales man found guilty for possession of $6,000 worth of drugs

PORTALES (KSEL)- A Portales man was found guilty for the third time of methamphetamine trafficking on November 19.

Ruben Lozano, age 48, of Portales, was found guilty by a Roosevelt County jury of Trafficking Methamphetamine, (3rd offense), a first degree felony; Possession of Heroin, a fourth-degree felony; and Receiving Stolen Property, a fourth-degree felony.

On June 6, 2018, the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant at the residence of 1600 S Globe, Portales, NM, for an outstanding warrant on Ruben Lozano.

Upon the execution of the search warrant, the deputies located Ruben Lozano and seized over $6,000 of methamphetamine, heroin, drug paraphernalia and a stolen firearm.

Lozano is facing 21 years in prison on these charges, plus an additional four years on each count as a habitual offender, which would be a total of 33 years in the New Mexico Department of Corrections.

Deputy District Attorney, Quentin Ray prosecuted the case for the State and criminal defense attorney, Chris Christensen, of Portales, represented Lozano.

The Honorable Donna J. Mowrer presided over the trial and ordered that sentencing be held at a later date.