A Border Patrol agent has admitted he waved through a car full of cocaine and helped aliens cross into the U.S. which, to be honest, is pretty clearly against the law.
Luis Enrique Ramirez, 38, of Brownsville, entered a guilty plea today, saying he'd been part of a drug-trafficking ring from November 2007 until January 2009.
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He was manning a vehicle inspection lane on December 17, 2008, when he allowed a car carrying 12 kilograms of coke to go through. He also admitted accepting bribes and helping alien-smuggling operations because hey, once you let in the coke, you might as well let in a few aliens.
"As part of his findings today, U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen, who accepted the guilty pleas and convicted Ramirez, also entered a preliminary order of criminal forfeiture directing Ramirez to forfeit $500,000, a sum representing the proceeds of Ramirez's criminal activity, to the United States," the U.S. Attorney's office in Houston announced.
The feds say:
The cocaine trafficking conviction is punishable by a mandatory minimum of 10 years imprisonment up to a maximum of life and a fine of up to $4 million. The alien smuggling conspiracy conviction is punishable by imprisonment for up to 10 years, while bringing in illegal aliens for commercial advantage and private financial gain carries a punishment range of not less than three nor more than 10 years imprisonment. The bribery conviction is punishable by imprisonment for up to 15 years. Each of these three convictions also carries a maximum fine of $250,000.