Border Agents Accused in Smuggling Ring Convicted

ABC News, August 11, 2012

Two former Border Patrol agents were found guilty Friday of smuggling hundreds of people into the U.S. in Border Patrol vehicles.

Raul and Fidel Villarreal were convicted of charges that they brought illegal immigrants into the U.S. for money and received bribes by public officials, and counts of conspiracy to launder money. Prosecutors said Raul Villarreal started a ring that smuggled in Mexicans and Brazilians and made Fidel Villarreal, his older brother and a fellow agent, one of his first recruits.

Raul Villarreal

Both brothers pleaded not guilty in one of the highest-profile corruption cases to sting the Border Patrol since it went on a hiring spree during the last decade. Raul Villarreal had been a public face of the patrol, frequently appearing on television as an agency spokesman.

The federal probe began in May 2005 with an informant’s tip to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Investigators installed cameras on poles in areas where migrants were dropped off, planted undercover recording devices, put tracking instruments on Border Patrol vehicles and followed a smuggling load by airplane.

{snip} One 24-year-old Brazilian woman said she paid $12,000 to be taken across the border in “a police car.”

Prosecutors said the brothers were tipped off about the investigation in June 2006, prompting them to flee to Mexico.

Shortly after they settled in Tijuana, a district police commander in the Mexican border city who allegedly shuttled Villarreals’ customers in squad cars was killed in a hail of about 200 bullets. The brothers were arrested in October 2008—more than two years after abruptly quitting the Border Patrol—and extradited to the U.S. to face federal charges of human smuggling, witness tampering and bribery.

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Other defendants in the case include Armando Garcia, who was also found guilty Friday of charges of smuggling illegal immigrants for money, bringing illegal immigrants into the U.S. and conspiracy to launder money. Another, Claudia Gonzalez, pleaded guilty in Dec. 2009 and was due for sentencing Sept. 10.

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  • JackKrak

    And these are just the ones who get identified, investigated, charged, indicted, tried and convicted.

    Do any Anglos work on the Southern border?

  • Biff_Maliboo

    Family values don’t stop at the Rio Grande. They make repeated trips both ways across the river.

    Raul and Fidel?

    No brothers with those names could be worth worrying about.

  • Obama : “The Border is as secure as it can be.  The republicans won’t be happy until we dig a moat and fill it with alligators.”  -cut to sycophantic liberals laughing and whooping it up, while draping themselves in the Stars and Stripes.  

  • IKantunderstand

    Blah, blah, blah. Who cares that we hire the fox to guard the hens, we are diverse!  Let us celebrate our vibrant diversity! Next up: Jerry Sandusky to head up anti pedophile initiatives. Yay gay people! By the way, IMO, pedophilia will be made legal within the next 25 years. (or less) .  There are not any rules or moral imperatives in this “we are all equal. anything goes, there is nothing that is perverted, society”. But the” diversity is our strength” mantra is a lie. No black has invented or done anything to forward this country. Nor has any chinese, gay, hindu, moslem, hispanic, blah,blah,blah. In point of fact, only White men have done anything of note, not only in this country, but, worldwide. Yeah, you HBD’s, with your “oh, jews and asians have higher I.Q.s than White men….what exactly have they invented that has changed the course of humanity? Whoa, if you said” Karl Marx and Communism” Ding, ding, ding! You are right… and all of us are still suffering from this frustated jew who couldn’t get laid. Asians? Wow, gunpowder or someting. (I’m just blown away by asian I.Q.)   

    • Sherman_McCoy

      Blown away.  By Asian Gunpowder!  That’s a JOKE, son!  

      Good one!

    • Vil

      I am waiting for John Engelman´s fact-based reply…?

      Really, if Chinese or Asians in general are so smart, why do they come to stinky Western Countries and not stay in their heavenly homes to enjoy their freedom, awesomeness and intellectual supremacy?

  •  I would be a few bucks that Raul and Fidel Villarreal were the byproduct of illegal immigration themselves. Anchor babies are not US citizens!

  • Global Minority

    No suprises here. Mexico has always operated on bribes. The family values that have crossed the Rio Grande.