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      Brothers in jail for work in family meth business

      Joe Chavez was sentenced this morning to 50 years in prison for his role in the "AZ-Boys" drug trafficking ring.

      Joe Chavez was sentenced this morning to 50 years in prison for his role in the "AZ-Boys" drug trafficking ring.

      Chavez was sentenced by District Court Judge Mark T. Sanchez in his Roswell courtroom. It was a join presecution with the 12h Judicial District Attorney's OFfice and members of the Attorney General's Office Border Violence Division, Assistant Attorney General Matthew Bouillon, and Specail Agent Robert Chesney.

      The Otero County Narcotics Enforcement Unit uncovered the ring, whose activities go back to at least 2007.

      Chavez's brother, Robert, was sentenced earlier this year to 36 years jail time, a $60,000 fine, and two years parole for his role in an elaborate scheme to use an Alamogordo used car dealership to launder profits from an ongoing criminal enterprise.

      The brothers and their associates were trafficking methamphetamine from the Phoenix area selling it in Alamogordo and using their funds to further their family meth business.

      Alleged members of the ring also owned real estate in the Alamogordo area.

      At least four more members of the ring are still awaiting trials.