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Mexican cop busted at the border with 30 pounds of cocaine

October 22, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Mexican cop busted at the border with 30 pounds of cocaine

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A Mexican law enforcement officer has been apprehended after he reportedly attempted to enter the U.S. with over 30 pounds of cocaine concealed in his car.

The arrest occurred at the Lincoln-Juarez International Bridge in Laredo, Texas where 40-year-old Ricardo Octavio Guerrero was interrogated about the purpose of his visit by a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officer. The questioning occurred after a police K-9 signaled to agents of the presence of drugs inside hidden sections in Guerrero’s vehicle.

A detailed inspection of the car by CBP officers revealed two hidden compartments inside, one on the driver’s side and one on the passenger’s side, where authorities discovered 13 packets of a white, powdery substance that tested positive for cocaine, according to Breitbart Texas.

Four days before the suspect’s arrest, his car went through a similar inspection when he drove from Houston to Mexico, where authorities located empty compartments. Since Guerrero wasn’t committing any illegal activities at the time, he was allowed to proceed.

Intelligence documents from Mexican law enforcement agencies revealed that Guerrero had been the top police officer in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon from 2012 until 2015 when he was terminated from his post for administrative reasons.

Before becoming a police officer in Nuevo Leon, Guerrero was a state officer in Coahuila and had also worked as a bodyguard for high-ranking politicians.

The public information office for the Monterrey police department only verified that the man stopped working at the end of former Mayor Margarita Arellanes’ administration. The former mayor is under investigation by state authorities in Nuevo Leon in connection with corruption.

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