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Tijuana police officer allegedly smuggled drugs

Drugs and the car Noe Raygoza-Garcia was allegedly driving when he was arrested on March 13, 2014 is shown in this photo. (U.S. Attorney's Office Central District of California)
April 2, 2014 12:00:00 AM PDT
A Tijuana municipal police officer is accused of illegally transporting more than 13 pounds of heroin and over 6 pounds of methamphetamine.

Noe Raygoza-Garcia, 33, was expected to be arraigned Wednesday afternoon at a Riverside court. He was indicted on March 27 on one count of possession with the intent to distribute the smuggled drugs.

Raygoza-Garcia was pulled over in March after driving suspiciously on the northbound Interstate 15 near a Border Patrol checkpoint north of Temecula. With the help of a drug-detecting dog, federal agents found narcotics hidden in the back seat, according to court documents.

If convicted, Raygoza-Garcia would face at least 10 years in federal prison. He is being held without bond.


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