Sun. Jul 12th, 2020

Portales man sentenced to 27 years in prison after 3rd drug trafficking conviction

PORTALES (KSEL)- A Portales man was sentenced to 27 years in prison for habitual drug trafficking on Monday, according to 9th Judicial District Attorney Andrea Reeb.

49-year-old Ruben Lozano was convicted by a Roosevelt County jury of trafficking methamphetamine, a first-degree felony, possession of heroin, a fourth-degree felony, and receiving a stolen firearm, a fourth-degree felony, on Nov. 19, 2019.

Additional documents filed by the State showed that this was Lozano’s third conviction for trafficking drugs.

The charges stem from June 6, 2018, when the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s office served a search warrant at the residence of 1600 S Globe, Portales, and an outstanding warrant on Ruben Lozano. Upon the execution of the search warrant the deputies located Ruben Lozano and seized over $6,000.00 of methamphetamine, heroin, drug paraphernalia and a stolen firearm.

The Honorable Donna J. Mowrer presided over the sentencing hearing today and sentenced Lozano to 27 years in the New Mexico Department of Corrections, which included an enhancement of eight years per the habitual offender act.

District Attorney Reeb stated, “The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office did a great job in taking this drug dealer off the streets and protecting our community.”

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