Men facing charges associated with smuggling 40 pounds of cocaine through checkpoints

LAS CRUCES, NM (KTSM) - Two Mexican nationals are facing cocaine trafficking charges after they were found at separate U.S. Border Checkpoints in New Mexico with nearly 40 pounds of cocaine hidden in their cars last week.

Francisco Alberto Guerrero-Rodriguez, 20 and Noe Lucero-Ceniceros, 28, were each arrested in two separate stops at Border Patrol Checkpoints on I-25 and U.S. 54 on Thursday and Friday of last week.

Guerrero-Rodriguez was arrested on Thursday, July 20 after being stopped at the checkpoint on US 54 south of Alamogordo. Agents inspected his car and allegedly found seven bundles of cocaine weighing 19.4 pounds (8.8 kilos) of cocaine hidden in a hidden compartment underneath the backseat of his car.

The next day, on July 21, agents stopped the car Lucero-Ceniceros was driving on I-25 near Hatch. In that case, Border Patrol Agents also allegedly found 19.14 pounds (8.6 kilos) of cocaine hidden underneath the backseat of his car, just like in the previous case.

Each men face a minimum of ten years and a maximum of life in prison if convicted. Guerrero-Rodriguez and Lucero-Ceniceros are both being held at the Doña Ana County Detention Center awaiting prosecution. 

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