Mexican cop accused of smuggling drugs into California
April 3, 2014
A Mexican police officer appeared in U.S. federal court Wednesday on charges of trafficking heroin and methamphetamine into California. [LA Times]
Last month, border patrol agents stopped a vehicle on Interstate 15 near Temecula that was carrying 11 packages of heroin and methamphetamine. Noe Raygoza-Garcia, a 33-year-old Tijuana police officer, was driving the car.
Raygoza-Garcia was driving very slowly prior to officers pulling him over about 70 miles north of the border. After the officers stopped him, the Mexican policeman was visibly shaking.
The packages of heroin and methamphetamine weighed a combined total of about 22 pounds.
Federal prosecutors charged Raygoza-Garcia with intent to distribute heroin and methamphetamine. He faces 10 years to life in prison.
Interstate 15 has become a major drug corridor into the U.S., for methamphetamine in particular, according to California officials.