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Drug Importer Sentenced to 41 Months for Importing Fentanyl, Heroin, Methamphetamine, and Cocaine Into the United States

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Arizona

TUCSON, Ariz. – Angel Daniel Miranda-Contreras, 29, of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, was sentenced last week by United States District Judge Rosemary Márquez to 41 months in prison. Miranda-Contreras pleaded guilty on April 10, 2023, to Importation of Fentanyl, Importation of Heroin, Importation of Methamphetamine, and Importation of Cocaine. 

Miranda-Contreras crossed the border from Mexico into the United States in a 2015 Volkswagon Crossfox at the Mariposa Port of Entry in Nogales, Arizona on August 5, 2022. Concealed in hidden compartments inside the vehicle were 47 kilograms of fentanyl, five kilograms of methamphetamine, two kilograms of cocaine, and 870 grams of heroin. At the time, Miranda-Contreras claimed that he was unaware that he was smuggling illegal narcotics into the United States, but that he had only agreed to smuggle money from the United States to Mexico.

Homeland Security Investigations conducted the investigation in this case. Assistant United States Attorney Kelly Cavanaugh, District of Arizona, Tucson, handled the prosecution.

CASE NUMBER:           CR-22-01900-TUC-RM
RELEASE NUMBER:    2023-118_Miranda-Contreras

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Zach J. Stoebe
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Updated August 3, 2023

Drug Trafficking
Press Release Number: 2023-118_Miranda-Contreras