Published: 1:12 pm, Wed. Jun. 13th, 2018Updated: 1:11 pm
Officers of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) seized 335 pounds of methamphetamine and arrested two Mexican nationals during two border inspections at ports of entry last week in New Mexico.
CBP officers arrested Conception Rosas-Villafuerte, 30, on June 6 after seizing approximately 73.16 kilograms (161 pounds) of meth allegedly concealed in the tires of Rosas-Villafuerte’s vehicle. According to the criminal complaint, the agents found the meth during an inspection at the U.S. Port of Entry in Santa Teresa in Dona Ana County.
CBP officers also arrested Jose Alfonso Zuniga-Barraza, 38, on June 8 after seizing approximately 79.4 kilograms (174.5 pounds) of meth concealed in Zuniga-Barraza’s vehicle while conducting an inspection at the U.S. Port of Entry in Antelope Wells in Hidalgo County.
According to the criminal complaint, the officers found approximately 150 bundles of meth concealed throughout Zuniga-Barraza’s vehicle.
Both men made their initial appearances in federal court in Las Cruces, Rosas-Villafuerte on June 8 and Zuniga-Barraza on June 11. Both men remain in federal custody pending preliminary hearings and detention hearings, which are scheduled for today and June 14 respectively.
If convicted of the charges against them, each man faces a statutory mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years and a maximum of life in federal prison.