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BUSTED: Meth dealer crashes into pile of dirt

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Drug Enforcement Administration agents were waiting for the deal to go down on South Main Street in Belen.

Ricky Gallegos

Ricky Gallegos

They watched as longtime drug dealer Ricky Gallegos, 41, with a history of convictions dating back decades, parked his red Chevy Colorado next to another car.

When agents approached Gallegos’ car and identified themselves, he sped away only to lose control of the vehicle and crash into a pile of dirt.

Gallegos, who is paralyzed from the waist down, crawled out of the truck and buried two packages containing a kilogram of methamphetamine in the dirt near the driver’s-side door.

Agents who were chasing Gallegos saw him try to hide the drugs as they approached the wreck.

Gallegos, who has 10 prior state convictions for various drug charges and property crimes – some dating back 20 years, said he was asked to deliver the packages containing the drugs, but didn’t know who was supposed to receive them.

He pleaded guilty to trafficking methamphetamine and was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison.

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