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Border Patrol agent charged with smuggling cocaine

TUCSON – A United State Border Patrol agent is facing federal charges, after he was accused of conspiracy to smuggle cocaine.

According to court documents, Ramon Antonio Monreal Rodriguez, 32, exchanged nearly $334,000 cash for 41 kilograms of cocaine near the San Miguel gate, in the early morning hours of September 18.

Investigators said four days later, on September 22, Monreal-Rodriguez transferred $317,000 to a smuggler at the border.

Authorities said Monreal-Rodriguez’s received $66,000 and six pounds of narcotics for taking part in the smuggling operation.

During the service of a search warrant at Monreal-Rodriguez’s home and inside his vehicle, federal authorities said they seized $66,000.

In a separate case, Monreal-Rodriguez and two other men are facing charges related to trying to illegally purchase firearms from federally licensed dealers.


Paul Birmingham

Paul Birmingham is an Investigative Producer for KVOA News 4 Tucson. He is a three time Edward R. Murrow award winner, native Tucsonan, and a proud Arizona Wildcat.

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