Border Patrol Agent Caught Helping Drug Traffickers, Jailed for 9 Years
Former US Border Patrol agent Robert Hall gave drug smugglers the key to fences
A federal agent who was tasked with protecting the US border has been jailed for assisting Mexican drug traffickers in smuggling narcotics into the country, according to reports.
The former US Border Patrol agent Robert Hall gave drug smugglers the key to fences in exchange for tens of thousands of dollars in cash.
Hall, who is from Texas, was sentenced to over nine years in prison followed by three years of supervised release for taking bribes from a criminal enterprise.
Hall was also required to pay a $20,000 fine as part of his sentencing.
The former agent worked with several associates, helped bring illegal drugs, including marijuana, into Texas, according to unsealed plea documents.
Hall gave traffickers gave contact along with CBP sensor locations, the number of agents patrolling the area, and the keys to unlock gates to ranch fences along the border.
He also gave the criminals Border Patrol radios.
According to the Daily Mail: In all, the rogue agent received more than $50,000 from the drug traffickers in exchange for using his position to help drug shipments cross the border into Texas without detection.
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One of Hall's accomplices, former Border Patrol nurse Daniel Hernandez, 46, of California, pleaded guilty in February to one count of conspiracy to bribe a public official.
Court documents indicate that on one occasion, Hernandez received $500 for handing over a key to a gate on the border and a map showing sensor locations.
Between 2013 and May 2014, Hernandez accepted $5,000 in bribes from the traffickers. He is scheduled to be sentenced on May 9.
Last month, Police officials confirmed an estimated $2 million worth of methamphetamine and marijuana has been seized in Arizona this week, according to reports.
The massive drug bust uncovered around 200 pounds of meth and 3,500 pounds of marijuana, according to a statement from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.
The department co-operated with Customs and Border Protection agents as part of the County Drug Suppression Task Force (MCDST).