By Steve Neavling
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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