LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Today, District Attorney Mark D’Antonio announced that a jury has found an El Paso man guilty of distributing spice, a fourth-degree felony. It is also the first distribution of spice case prosecuted by the district attorney’s office in Doña Ana County.
In October 2015, William Langbehn, 26, was pulled over by a deputy with the Doña Ana County’s Sheriff’s Department. During the traffic stop, the deputy learned that the defendant was driving on a suspended license and informed him that he would be towing his vehicle. While searching the defendant’s truck, the deputy discovered 174 packets of spice, which had an estimated street value of $850.
In district court on Thursday, prosecutors argued before Chief District Judge Fernando Macias that the defendant was intending to distribute spice due to the large amount he was transporting. After two hours of deliberation, the jury reached a guilty verdict.
As a result, the defendant was taken into custody and is waiting to be sentenced. He faces up to 18 months in prison.