ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) - Drug Enforcement Administration agents say they've taken down a major meth ring in New Mexico with strong ties to a Mexican drug cartel.
The case is related to a car chase in May that took the life of an innocent woman.
This week agents arrested eight suspected drug dealers from the Los Lunas and Socorro areas. They say another suspect, Lonnie Dean, was already locked up after the fatal car crash that killed Roberta Torres in Belen on May 26.
In May agents were about to bust Dean for dealing $20 worth of meth. He took off, ran a stop sign and crashed into Torres. What agents couldn't say at the time was Dean was a suspected dealer in a huge New Mexico drug ring with ties to the Mexican drug cartel.
Officers say residents in Socorro and Los Lunas should notice a huge decrease in the meth problem in those areas after the bust of the drug ring.
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