(Deming) - The trial for a Deming family accused of selling weapons to Mexican cartels is underway in Las Cruces.
The Las Cruces Sun-News reports testimony began Wednesday in the trial of New Deal Shooting Sports owner Rick Reese, his wife, Terri, and their sons Ryin and Remington.
The four are accused of selling 34 weapons and ammunition to undercover agents and a Mexican cartel member-turned-government informant from 2010 to July of 2011.
Authorities contend the Reese's fudged firearms purchasing forms during the transactions and laundered the proceeds.
Defense attorneys have argued that the four followed the law, reporting sales of multiple firearms to federal authorities.
The Reese's have pleaded "not guilty" in the case… and their defense attorneys have argued publicly that political fallout from
Operation Fast and Furious prompted the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to accuse the Reese family of allegedly selling guns to individuals posing as straw purchasers.
The trial in U-S District Court is expected to last from two to three weeks.
(Deming) -- Luna County's unemployment rate remains below 20-percent -- but just barely. Preliminary April figures from the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions show Luna County with an unemployment rate of 19-point-five percent.
That figure is down from the March revised rate of 20-point-five percent, and also down from last April's rate of 21 percent.
Following Luna County in the list of New Mexico counties with the worst unemployment is Mora County with 13-point-one percent unemployment. Those were the only two counties in the state with unemployment greater than 10-percent.
Rounding out the top five are Guadalupe at nine-point-five percent... Taos at nine-point-one percent... and McKinley at seven-point-eight percent.
In our area... Grant County was at five-point-nine percent unemployment in April... Hidalgo County was at five-point-six... and the Las Cruces area was at six-point-six. The county with the least unemployment remains Los Alamos with two-point-seven percent.
The state unemployment rate for April-- at six-point-nine percent -- was down from the March rate of seven-point-two percent.
The New Mexico labor force estimates show Luna County with a labor force of 11-thousand-786 -- with nine-thousand-482 employed... and two-thousand-304 unemployed.
Preliminary figures from the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions show Luna County with a February unemployment rate of 20.7% -- up from the January revised rate of 20% but down slightly from last February's rate of 21.1%.
Following Luna County in the list of New Mexico counties with the worst unemployment is Mora County with 15.3% unemployment and Guadalupe at 12.1% percent. Those were the only 3 counties in the state with unemployment greater than 10%.
Rounding out the top 5 are Taos at 9.6% and Catron at 9.5%.
In our area, Grant County was at 8.3% unemployment in February, Hidalgo County was at 6.6%, and the Las Cruces area was at 8.1%.
The county with the least unemployment remains Los Alamos with 4%.
The state unemployment rate for February -- at 7.8% -- was up from the 7.3% rate in January.
The New Mexico labor force estimates show Luna County with a labor force of 12,160 -- with 9,644 employed and 2,516 unemployed.