Luis Vasquez, Former Border Officer, Guilty of Letting 1,200 Pounds of Weed Roll Into U.S.

Categories: Border Disorder
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A former U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer who let 1,200 pounds of weed roll on into the United States on a truck from Mexico was found guilty of several charges by a federal jury.

Luis Vasquez faces a maximum of 40 years in prison and a $5 million fine at his sentencing, which is scheduled for April 29, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Arizona.

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Vasquez was one of several federal officers mentioned in our colleague Monica Alonzo's 2011 cover story on Mexican smugglers taking advantage of corrupt federal employees.

The feds alleged Vasquez was part of a conspiracy to let certain trucks with loads of marijuana to pass through the border, into the United States, without inspection.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says this happened on at least two occasions.

Referencing Alonzo's 2011 story, Vasquez was caught the same month a U.S. Border Patrol agent was caught doing something similar, and the next month, an ICE agent led cops on a chase after he'd been caught, and was tossing bales of weed out of the car along the way.

Alonzo reported that the Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General -- which is one of the parties tasked with rooting out corrupt border agents -- had arrested 160 CBP employees on suspicion of corruption from 2004 through 2011.

We've even reported on the arrests of border agents in the last few months on this blog.

As for Vasquez, the federal jury found him guilty of four federal charges, and as we mentioned above, his sentencing is scheduled for April 29.


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DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 *** Regulation Works! ***

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

"80 percent of all cops are crimiinals and they violate the laws whiile they are on duty and they are being paid to do so and be so, they are a criminal organization and are armed and dangerous".

DNichols
DNichols

Let me see: The U.S. gives Humvees and Drones plus Three Hundred Million Dollars at a time to Mexico to fight the "Drug War".

In return the Humvees come back accross the Border filled with weed, and driven by Official Mexican Army Troops, the Drones crash in the U.S. where they are spying on us, the U.S. Border Patrol transfers the weed to M.C.S.O. Deputies?!

Who is the "Real Drug Cartel"?!!!!

Amazing.

Troy Farah
Troy Farah

Funny, I just interviewed a Luis Vazquez...

teknik
teknik topcommenter

letting that crappy dirt weed into our state is a crime!


just say no to schwag.



Is it just me or do drug offenders get way harsher sentences then the people who assault, rob, rape, and are violent?

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