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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

Paul Birmingham is an Investigative Producer with the News 4 Tucson Investigators. Paul is a Tucson native, UA alumnus, and a Edward R. Murrow Award winning broadcast journalist.
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