Lovington Man Arrested on Federal Drug Charges

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

EL PASO - A Lovington man is facing federal charges after getting busted at the El Paso-Mexico Border.

Border agents say they seized more than seven pounds of cocaine from a pick-up driven by 49 year-old Juan Manuel Rodriguez on Saturday night.

Customs and Border Protection Officers found the drugs hidden inside a battery case.

We're told Rodriguez had his wife and daughter with him at the time, but they were not arrested.

Rodriguez was charged with drug smuggling.