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Border Patrol arrests result in cocaine trafficking charges for Mexican nationals

July 29, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Border Patrol arrests result in cocaine trafficking charges for Mexican nationals

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Two men purportedly driving cars containing narcotics in hidden compartments now face cocaine trafficking charges in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

On Monday, Francisco Alberto Guerrero-Rodriguez, 20, and Noe Lucero-Ceniceros, 28, both of whom are from Mexico and are illegally in the U.S., were charged in U.S. Magistrate Court.

The drugs were discovered in two incidents at U.S. Border Patrol checkpoints in New Mexico.

In both instances, roughly 19 pounds of cocaine were located in compartments open through trap doors in the back of the cars, the Las Cruces-Sun News reported.

Noe Lucero-Ceniceros (right) and Francisco Alberto Guerrero-Rodriguez (Photo: Courtesy)

On July 20th, Guerrero-Rodriguez was arrested by border patrol agents after cocaine was found during an inspection. A criminal complaint revealed that the 19.4 pounds of cocaine wrapped seven packages were stored in an “after-market compartment above the gas tank” that was accessed through a trap door under the back seat.

Lucero-Ceniceros was arrested on July 21st after cocaine was discovered during an inspection. The 19.1 pounds of cocaine were recovered from a trap door accessible after taking out the car’s rear passenger section.

Both suspects face a minimum of 10 years and a maximum of life behind bars if convicted of the cocaine trafficking charges.

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