DEMING, N.M. -- Daniel Ramon Munoz, 30, of Deming, was sentenced Friday to 40 years for drug trafficking and attempted escape in a federal court in Las Cruces, according to a release from the Department of Justice.
Munoz, also known as "Rhino" and a member of the Sureño gang, must also serve a 10-year term of supervised release after he completes his prison sentence. The Sureños gang originated in Southern California.
On Aug. 30, 2010, he pleaded guilty to eight counts related to conspiracy to possess methamphetamine with intent to distribute, and attempting to escape from the Luna County Detention Center in December 2009.
According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, in July 2009 tried to smuggle methamphetamine into the United States from Mexico by using women to conceal the drugs in their body cavities. The U.S. Attorney's Office said that during his plea hearing, he also admitted that while in federal custody, he had a handcuff key in his possession which he intended to use to escape from jail.
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