PHX man pleads guilty to trafficking heroin

Posted at 1:21 PM, Mar 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-26 22:44:13-04

Two Mexican nationals are facing time in federal prison after pleading guilty to charges stemming from a heroin trafficking case.

Prosecutors say Bryan Gabriel Marquez-Flores Jr., a 19-year-old resident of Phoenix, and 22-year-old Ignacio Nieblas Jr., who was living in southern New Mexico, entered their pleas in the federal court in Albuquerque on Friday.

The two men each face a minimum sentence of 20 years in prison. Sentencing hearings have yet to be scheduled.

Nieblas and Marquez-Flores were arrested in February after federal agents seized more than 10 pounds of heroin from them at a train station in Albuquerque.

Authorities said the heroin was concealed inside the men's luggage.

Nieblas and Marquez-Flores admitted to authorities that they conspired with others to deliver the heroin to an undisclosed destination.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.