Ex-Guardsman charged in bribery, drug cases
The Associated Press
Nov 10, 2011
TUCSON, Ariz. — A former Arizona Army National Guard member has been charged in a bribery and drug trafficking conspiracy.
The 10-count indictment returned Thursday in U.S. District Court accuses 31-year-old Adalberto Valenzuela, of Tucson, with conspiracy, bribery involving programs receiving federal funds and possession with intent to distribute cocaine.
Authorities say an arrest warrant was issued for Valenzuela in 2006 and he’s still considered a fugitive.
The charges arise from an undercover FBI investigation that began in December 2001.
Valenzuela was a National Guard corporal when he allegedly conspired to obtain cash bribes from people he believed to be illegal narcotics traffickers, but were actually FBI agents.
Authorities say Valenzuela transported cocaine on two separate occasions and received bribe payments totaling $7,000 for the 40 kilograms of cocaine involved.