By | January 16, 2024

Men Charged in Federal Court for Allegedly Delivering Drugs from Durango, Mexico, to Undercover DEA Agents

EL PASO, Texas (Border Report) – Two men are facing charges in federal court for allegedly delivering a significant amount of methamphetamine to an undercover Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent in New Mexico. The U.S. Attorney’s Office is taking legal action against them after they were caught with 66.1 pounds of methamphetamines.

According to court documents, a source of supply in Durango, Mexico, was attempting to distribute 30 kilos of meth in the United States. The source engaged in conversations with an undercover DEA agent, who acted as a potential buyer. The trafficker agreed to sell the drugs at a wholesale price of $75,000 and arranged to deliver the narcotics in the parking lot of an IHOP restaurant in Roswell, New Mexico.

Last Tuesday, a silver Chevrolet Suburban pulled into the parking lot at 11:30 a.m. Two men exited the vehicle and approached a parked car where they believed the buyer was waiting. The individuals, later identified as Luis Raul Garcia and Manuel Ignacio Ibarra Lucero, showed the undercover agents six bundles of meth inside the Suburban. At that moment, law enforcement officers who had been monitoring the area swiftly moved in and arrested the suspects.

Garcia and Ibarra were charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. They were taken into custody and appeared in U.S. District Court in Las Cruces, New Mexico, where they waived their right to a detention hearing on January 16.

The federal complaint, filed on January 10 in U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico, revealed that Garcia and Ibarra admitted to being paid to transport the drugs.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office continues to investigate this case, working closely with federal law enforcement agencies to combat drug trafficking along the U.S.-Mexico border. The successful operation and subsequent arrests demonstrate the commitment to keeping communities safe and preventing dangerous narcotics from reaching the streets.

This incident serves as a reminder of the ongoing efforts to disrupt drug trafficking networks that pose a threat to public health and safety. The collaboration between federal agencies and the vigilant work of undercover agents played a vital role in apprehending these alleged drug traffickers and preventing a significant quantity of meth from entering our communities.

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