Cochise triple shooting leads to two arrests

The Cochise County Sheriff’s Office has arrested two men in connection with a triple shooting in Elfrida on Friday.

A woman and two men were shot at about 3 a.m. Friday. All suffered non-life-threatening injuries and remain in stable condition, Carol Capas, spokeswoman for the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office, said in a news release.

Elfrida is about 25 miles north of Douglas.

Gadiell Valenzuela-Buitimea, 18, of Sonora, and Manuel Corona, 21, of Sierra Vista, were arrested in connection with the shootings.

Each faces three charges of attempted murder, aggravated assault and discharging a firearm into a building, and nine charges each of endangerment and disorderly conduct with a weapon.

Corona is expected to face two additional counts of prohibited possessor of a weapon and one count for a parole violation.

Both were booked into the Cochise County jail and are being held without bond. Additional arrests are pending.

Kimberly Matas

23 pounds of cocaine found hidden in SUV

A 24-year-old woman from Mexico was arrested at the border Thursday trying to smuggle more than $200,000 worth of cocaine into Arizona.

Customs and Border Protection officers at the San Luis Port of Entry found nearly 23 pounds of cocaine stashed behind a speaker box in the woman’s Lincoln SUV after a narcotics dog detected drugs in the vehicle, Rob Daniels, spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security, said in a news release.

The street value of the drugs is estimated at more than $207,200.

The drugs and vehicle were seized.

The woman was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

Kimberly Matas

Kimberly Matas 

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