Two former US Border Patrol, the brothers Raul and Fidel Villarreal were sentenced that they took money by allowing illegal immigrants into the U.S and conspiring to launder money. Raul Villarreal started a smuggling group in Mexicans and Brazilians and made Fidel Villarreal and a fellow agent, one of his recruits according to the prosecutor.
Raul Villarreal appeared as a public face of the patrol and also as a high-profile agency spokesman for the US Border patrol agency on television. Armando Garcia, was also found corrupted similar to those faced by the two brothers.
In 2005 and 2006, Garcia led groups of Mexican and Brazilian Immigrants across the border on foot, and then picked by these two brothers in their patrol vehicles and drop into U.S. according to media reports.
In May 2005, federal probe has been started with an informant’s tip to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement with installed cameras on poles where migrants were dropped off, undercover recording devices were planted, tracking instruments on Border Patrol vehicles.
The prosecution case was relied on the evidence they got from migrants who entered the country illegally and also Brazilian woman given a statement telling that she has given &12,000 to reach border in a police car.
“They made the border work for them,” prosecutor Timothy Salel told jurors, the San Diego Union-Tribune daily reports.
The two men were tripped off about the probe themselves and fled to Mexico, where they got settled in Tijuana, across border from San Diego in 2006 and they were arrested by Mexican police and extradited to face the trial in 2008.
In November, two brothers will be sentenced and have a maximum of 50 years in prison and they will be charged at least $1.25m according to the Associated Press news agency.