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Arizona man arrested, multi-million-dollar home raided in HSI money laundering, drug investigation

Posted at 12:19 PM, Nov 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-05 14:34:22-05

TUCSON, Ariz. — An Arizona man is facing multiple drug, firearm and money laundering charges after federal authorities raided his multi-million-dollar home northwest of Tucson Thursday night.

Raul Garcia Cordova, 47, is facing more than a dozen charges including narcotic sales, drug possession, drug manufacturing, money laundering and weapons violations in connection with the raid.

KGUN 9 was there when federal authorities executed a search warrant at the home near the intersection of Moore Road and Como Drive. Agents with Homeland Security Investigations hauled away a slew of vehicles from the scene, including pickup trucks, SUVs, a motorboat, a sports car and a trailer. Oro Valley Police and Marana Police vehicles were also at the scene.

Raul Cordova, 47, is facing 13 charges after federal authorities raided his multi-million-dollar home northwest of Tucson.

Real estate listings advertise a $2.4 million price tag for the home, and property records show it was sold for $1.6 million in the past few years.

Cordova, who is a U.S. citizen, made his initial court appearance Thursday night. His attorney told the judge his client does have two prior felonies on drug charges, though they date back about 15 years.

Arguing for a high bond, a prosecutor noted Cordova's prior felonies prohibit him from having any firearms but multiple guns were found at the house.

The prosecutor also elaborated on what led to the latest charges: Multiple pounds of marijuana, manufacturing equipment related to drugs and alleged evidence that Cordova was involved in shipping millions of vape pens that dispense THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.

A decal on the trailer hauled away at the scene advertises "Sonora Dark Horn Adventures." According to its website, the company offers guided hunts on 100,000 acres of land it controls Mexico, specializing in bighorn sheep and deer. Public records list Cordova as the company's owner.

Sonora Dark Horn Adventures
Public records list Raul Cordova as the owner of Sonora Dark Horn Adventures. This trailer was hauled away from the scene fo the raid Thursday.

The website for Sonora Dark Horn Adventures lists its address in Oro Valley Marketplace, which it shares with the Mexican restaurant San Carlos Grill.

Cordova is being held on $250,000 bond.