Phoenix men plead to federal drug charges in NM

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- Two Phoenix men have pleaded guilty to federal methamphetamine trafficking charges.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Albuquerque says Carlos Diaz-Ortega, 29,  and Jesus Barboa-Cecena, 48, entered their pleas last week before U.S. Magistrate Alan Torgerson after reaching plea agreements.

Sentencing has not been scheduled. The men faced minimum 10-year sentences.

They were arrested after a traffic stop in July 2009 on Interstate 25 near Raton turned up more than two kilograms of methamphetamine in their vehicle.

A federal grand jury indicted them in 2009 on charges of conspiracy to possess more than 500 grams of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

They pleaded guilty to those charges.

Authorities say Diaz-Ortega and Barboa-Cecena admitted they intended to take the methamphetamine from Phoenix to Denver.