A US Customs and Border Patrol agent and his wife face life in prison following their convictions for drug possession. The pair participated in a drug smuggling operation that moved heroin, marijuana and cocaine from Los Angeles to Chicago.
The Fontana couple became the subject of investigation following a large drug seizure in New Mexico in 2012. Authorities first became aware of the couple’s operation after stopping a truck driver in New Mexico. During the traffic stop, police there found a large shipment of cocaine, heroin and marijuana worth about $1.5 million. In addition, they found banking information in the truck, which identified the CPB agent’s wife.
According to prosecutors, the pair hired the driver to move the contraband from Los Angeles to Chicago. The driver would take drugs to Chicago, and receive payment there. He would then deposit the cash into accounts controlled by the wife. The truck driver pleaded guilty to possession with intent to deliver controlled substances.
The man was a 25-year veteran of the US Customs and Border Patrol agency. He worked at both the Los Angeles International Airport and the John Wayne Airport during that time. His wife did not work for CBP. Authorities say that an examination of the accounts show that she gambled most of the money at a local casino.
The couple face a minimum of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life when they are sentenced. They remained in custody following their convictions.
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Nearly half of all currently incarcerated federal inmates are serving drug related sentences. The Department of Justice devotes an enormous amount of its resources to investigating and prosecuting drug crimes. That’s why it’s essential to have an experienced, aggressive federal defense attorney by your side.
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