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Nogales, Sonora police officer sentenced

Posted at 10:52 AM, Sep 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-13 13:52:36-04

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced that Omar Moreno-Miranda, 33, of Hermosillo, Sonoroa, Mexico has been sentenced to 60 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release.

Moreno-Miranda pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine earlier this year.

The DEA investigation into a Mexico-based drug trafficking organization began in October 2016. At the time, Moreno-Miranda was employed as a police officer in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. 

Moreno-Miranda was in contact with an undercover agent regarding a possible drug transaction in Tucson.

On May 30, 2017, Moreno-Miranda drove to a hotel in  the Tucson area and met the undercover agent in the hotel's parking lot. 

Moreno-Miranda was arrested and a search of his car revealed 11 pounds of methamphetamine in a backpack inside the car.

Moreno-Miranda was sentenced by U.S District Chief Judge Raner C. Collins on Tuesday.