Feds: NM pecan farm site of drug trafficking ring

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - Authorities have arrested nine people, including the owners of a southern New Mexico pecan farm, in connection with a drug trafficking ring.

Federal prosecutors say the owners and operators of Pettit Farms and Nursery in Anthony, N.M., and their sons were among the nine people arrested.

They were identified as Oscar Portillo Sr., his wife Sandra Portillo and sons Matthew Portillo and Oscar Portillo Jr.

The arrests were the result of a five-month investigation.

An indictment alleges that the defendants were conspiring to distribute cocaine and heroin since September. The farm was allegedly used as a place to store and sell drugs.

A team of federal, state and local law enforcement officers arrested the defendants Thursday and executed four search warrants, including one at the farm and three others at residences in El Paso, Texas.