Cop arrested near Temecula, allegedly caught transporting drugs to be arraigned

RIVERSIDE – A Mexican policeman allegedly caught transporting heroin and methamphetamine into the United States is scheduled to be arraigned next week in Riverside federal court on charges stemming from his March 13 arrest near Temecula.

Noe Raygoza Garcia, 33, could face 10 or more years in prison if convicted of possession with intent to distribute illegal drugs.

Garcia, who was indicted last week by a Riverside County grand jury, is being held without bail at a federal detention center. He had been slated to make his initial court appearance this morning, but the hearing was postponed when marshals failed to transport him from jail for reasons not immediately clear.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Garcia was arrested after Border Patrol agents discovered 13 pounds of heroin and roughly six pounds of methamphetamine in a vehicle he was driving.

Two agents noticed the red Dodge Neon heading north on Interstate 15, south of Temecula, around 11 a.m. According to an arrest warrant affidavit fled by Agent Kevin Legg, the agents became suspicious when the Neon’s speed dropped 15 mph seconds after passing their marked Border Patrol Chevrolet Tahoe positioned alongside the freeway.

The agents tailed the Neon, which slowed to 50 mph in the middle lane, forcing other motorists to go around. They stopped the Neon near the Temecula Border Patrol checkpoint and questioned the driver, who was visibly nervous, pacing and shaking, Legg alleged.

He said the Mexican national identified himself as a police officer and said he was a ”good person” who was traveling to San Bernardino to see a sick relative, whose address he couldn’t provide. When the defendant told the agents the Neon was borrowed, they asked for — and were granted — permission to search the compact car.

A drug-sniffing canine was called to the scene and immediately alerted to the presence of contraband, according to Legg. The agent said the upholstery on a rear seat was removed and revealed 11 packages stuffed inside the seat, later confirmed to contain heroin and meth.

Garcia disavowed any knowledge of the drugs. He was taken into custody without incident.

His arraignment was rescheduled for April 9 in U.S. District Court.

3 Responses to "Cop arrested near Temecula, allegedly caught transporting drugs to be arraigned"

  1. Reality Checker   April 2, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    A couple of years ago, I was passed on the northbound I-15, south of old 395 by two forest green in color vehicles with flashing red and blue emergency lights. They both had Baha Mexican plates. They were unmarked, with the exception of the emergency lights. One was a Jeep Grand Cherokee, the other was a Dodge Charger. They blew past me like I was sitting still and I was doing 80. I saw them coming up on me from way back, and thought that they were CHP running like bats outta hell to some outrageous emergency, but when they got closer I could see they were a forest green color. I thought that was really strange, so I made a point to try to identify them as best I could when they got close and passed me. They weren’t blaring their siren, had no markings, were flashing covert style emergency lights, both had Baha Mexico plates, and running over 120mph. They both got off at old 395, and blew the stop sign, and peeled out headed west on 395, over the freeway and out of sight.
    Drug running maybe? What are they doing here? Will Washington ever do anything about it? NO!
    I stopped at the inspection station and knocked on doors there, no answer but there were cars parked outside. So, I went into the Temecula CHP station and reported it to the desk Sargent. I must have told them the whole story four or five times, and it seemed every chippy in the chippy hive there were gathering around to hear the tale with amazement.

  2. Nostradamus   April 3, 2014 at 8:16 am

    The drug cartels are falling in love with our beautiful south riverside county.
    Thank you law enforcement!! You are the people we need to keep them and their products away from our people, young and old.

    Citizens, remember if we create a local need they will fill it.

  3. @ #1   April 3, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    You are correct. There are many un-marked cars in Mexico with these lights. They are supposed to be legit law enforcement, but I think most (if not all) are working for the cartels voluntarily or in-voluntarily (if they refuse, they are dead meat). I know this because I go to TJ to visit my family and citizens down there know this, it is no secret. I feel bad for "regular" citizens. People are decent, but it’s these few lawless that control most of the action in Mex, and the government is no help at all.


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