Two ex-Border Patrol Agents Sentenced to At Least 30 Years for Massive Human Smuggling Ring

Steve Neavling 

Two former Border Patrol agents were sentenced to at least 30 years in prison for operating a massive human smuggling ring, the Associated Press reports.

Federal District Judge John A. Houston sentenced Raul Villarreal, the ring leader, to 35 years in prison Friday; his brother Fidel Villarreal was sentenced to 30 years in prison for managing the business.

Houston said he issued the stiff penalties to send a message to other federal agents protecting the border.

The men were assisted by a corrupt police officer in Tijuana, Mexico, according to the AP.



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