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New Details Emerge of Border Patrol Agent Accused of Helping Mexican Cartel

Border Patrol Agent Joel Luna

Border Patrol Agent Joel Luna

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

When authorities found a headless body floating near South Padre island in Texas, the investigation led them to a Border Patrol agent accused of helping a Mexican cartel smuggle drugs and weapons across the border.

Agent John Luna is accused of helping his brothers.

New details have emerged, including that investigators said they have found a “treasure trove” of evidence at Luna’s mother-in-law’s house, the Associated Press reports. 

Discovered in a safe at the home were nearly $90,000 in cash and a kilo of cocaine.

Luna, a 31-year-old Iraq War veteran, is accused of capital murder in the death of a mean that was considered a possible snitch.

His attorney, Carlos A. Garcia, claims Luna had nothing to do with the scheme.

“This is a clear-cut case of guilt by association,” Garcia said.

Prosecutors declined to discuss details of the case, but said the safe contained Luna’s Border Patrol badge.

“Drug use and abuse in America is fueling the Mexican cartels, and because of the money and the weapons that go south, we get all the violence,” Garza said. “This case represents that.”

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Border Patrol Officer Accused of Taking Bribes of Money, Sex for Helping Smugglers

Border Port of Entry.

Border Port of Entry.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol officer is accused of receiving money and sexual favors from undocumented immigrants entering the U.S. from Mexico.

The FBI said it arrested CBP Officer Jose Luis Cota, 50, last week for allegedly helping undocumented immigrants enter the United States in exchange for favors, the bureau said in a statement.

Also arrested were Gilberto Aguilar-Martinez, 31, and Miriam Juerez-Herrera, 31, who allegedly received help from Cota. Both had been demoted from the U.S. in the past.

The FBI said Aguilar-Martinez is a “two-time convicted felon” and that he and Juerez-Herrera were operating an “alien smuggling operation.”

Juerez-Herrera said he bribed Cota with cash and sexual favors for allowing illegal immigrants to be smuggled into the U.S.

The FBI said “large sums of cash were deposited into Cota’s bank accounts”

Border Patrol Finds Whopping $3M in Cash Stuffed in Car Trunk

Border Patrol found $3 million in cash stuffed in a trunk, via Border Patrol.

Border Patrol found $3 million in cash stuffed in a trunk, via Border Patrol.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol agents are accustomed to finding cash or drugs packed away in vehicles.

But agents in San Diego were shocked when they opened the trunk of a car and found $3 million in cash, CNN reports.

“This is one of our larger cash seizures,” said Ralph DeSio, spokesman for the San Diego office of US Customs and Border Protection.

The bust is a major victory because it hurts the drug smugglers who rely on the cash.

The money was discovered in a Volkswagen Passat.

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Agents Not Fooled by SUV Painted to Look Like Border Patrol Vehicle

Fake Border Patrol car spotted by agents.

Fake Border Patrol car spotted by agents.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol agents often come across vehicles disguised to look like delivery or telecommunications trucks to fool law enforcement.

But what they came across last week was very rare. A Chevy Tahoe was painted took like a Border Patrol vehicle, Fox News reports. 

Agents noticed the cloned vehicle and pulled it over, finding 12 people stuffed in the back.

“There’s no fender, there’s no ground effect on any of our vehicles, Omar Zamora, an agent with the Border Patrol Rio Grande Valley sector, told KRGV-TV. “They’re actually pretty bare and about as high as we get the vehicle, because we do go off road.”

Zamora said the clone was an obvious fake.

“In the 18 years that I’ve been in the Border Patrol, we’ve seen UPS, FedEx trucks, Time Warner trucks, any kind of clones. Any business you can think of. The smugglers are trying to clone it to avoid law enforcement detection,” Zamora added.

Two Security Screeners Accused of Helping Drug Smuggler Get Meth on Plane

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Two security screeners at San Francisco International Airport have been charged with accepting bribes in exchange for allowing smugglers to carry methamphetamine through an airport checkpoint, SFGate reports.

According to the federal complaint, Claudio Rene Sunux, 30, of San Francisco, and Amanda Lopez, 27 of South San Francisco, were security screeners contracted with the TSA when they allowed alleged drug smuggler, 28-year-old Anibal Giovanni Ramirez to pass through security with drugs in the carry-on luggage.

The airport screeners were charged with accepting a bribe and conspiring to distribute methamphetamine.

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Border Patrol Fatally Shoots Drug Smuggling Suspect in South Texas

istock photo

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Agents returned fire Wednesday morning and killed a drug smuggling suspect near Roma, Texas, the Associated Press reports. 

The incident happened after Border Patrol agents came under fire while investigating suspected drug smugglers in the desert, the agency said.

The agency, which has pledged to be more transparent about agent-involved shootings, didn’t divulge many details Wednesday evening.

Border Patrol has come under fire for what some critics charge is a quick-trigger mentality, even when the threat is minimal.

We’ll update this story as more information becomes available.

Border Patrol Finds 9 Immigrants in Back of U-Haul Truck at Arizona Checkpoint

uhaul.com

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol agents in Arizona found nine immigrants locked inside the cargo area of a U-Haul, AzFamily.com reports.

Agent searched the trucks after becoming suspicious of the driver and passenger at a checkpoint near Amado.

Inside were eight adults and one juvenile who had no fresh air or ability to escape.

An undocumented immigrant was killed a similar way last summer.

“Transporting people inside the cargo area of a vehicle is extremely dangerous due to heat, the possibility of a vehicle accident, or other unforeseen circumstances,” the agency said in a statement.

Details Emerge in Death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, Whose Attack Revealed ‘Fast & Furious’ Controversy

Brian Terry

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Details of the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry near the Arizona-Mexico border in 2010 were largely unknown – until now.

The Associated Press reports that armed men had sneaked into the U.S. to rob marijuana smugglers when the attack happened, according to an account given by prosecutors.

Watching the men from atop a small hill using night-vision gear, agents waited until the men got closer before yelling “police” in Spanish. The gunman opened fire, killing Terry.

“I’m hit,” Terry said, adding he couldn’t feel his legs.

Terry’s death revealed the government’s botched “Fast and Furious” gun-smuggling operation.

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