The Justice Department announced on Friday that a former border patrol agent will serve nearly a decade in court after he undermined the immigration system.
According to a report from the Washington Examiner, former Border Patrol agent Robert Hall pleaded guilty to one count of bribery in September and will have to spend 114 months in prison.
U.S. District Judge Ewing Werlein Jr. sentenced the 45-year-old to another three years of supervised release and a $20,000 fine.
“Hall worked with multiple people between 2004 and 2014 to aid trafficking of illegal drugs like marijuana from Mexico into the United States, plea documents claim,” the Washington Examiner reports. “Hall gave an individual associated with a drug trafficking organization the locations of U.S. Customs and Border Protection sensor locations, locations of unpatrolled roads by the U.S.-Mexico border, and information about border patrol agents working in a specific location. He also gave the drug trafficking group keys to Customs and Border Protection locks on various ranch fences.”
According to the report, the border patrol agent received $50,000 in exchange for his nefarious activity.
The Washington Examiner also reports Daniel Hernandez, a man who reportedly worked with Hall, will be sentenced in May for a guilty plea he made last month.
Here’s more, from the Washington Times:
Hernandez copped to conspiracy to bribe a public official, who is believed to be Hall. He also admitted accepting $5,000 in bribes to help smugglers bring marijuana across the border.
Hall admitted to accepting more than $50,000 in bribes from an unnamed Mexican drug cartel from 2004 to 2014.
Prosecutors say Hall provided smugglers of marijuana and other drugs a treasure trove of information necessary to sneak their product across the border.
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