Portales Man Sentenced to 27 Years for Drug Trafficking

Portales, NM – Ninth Judicial District Attorney, Andrea Reeb, announced that today Ruben Lozano, age 49, of Portales, NM, was sentenced to 27 years in prison for habitual drug trafficking.

On November 19, 2019, Lozano was found guilty 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. 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, NM, 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. Judge Mowrer indicated that the harsh sentence was appropriate because this was the third time that Lozano has been convicted of trafficking drugs and he is a clear threat to our community.