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Ex-leader of Albuquerque-based drug trafficking organization gets 14-year federal prison term

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ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — The former leader of an Albuquerque-based drug trafficking organization has been sentenced to 14 years in federal prison.

Prosecutors say 35-year-old Christopher Roybal will be on supervised release for five years after serving the prison term and also must pay a $184,000 judgment under terms of his plea agreement.

Roybal was one of the 19 defendants charged in December 2012 with drug trafficking and money laundering.

The original indictment charged Roybal and others with conspiracy to distribute large quantities of cocaine and marijuana in New Mexico in 2011 and 2012.

Prosecutors say Roybal pleaded guilty five months ago to participating in a cocaine trafficking conspiracy, three money laundering conspiracies and a money laundering offense.

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