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.