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Border Patrol Supervisor admits to helping group rob drug cartels in South Texas

July 4, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Border Patrol Supervisor admits to helping group rob drug cartels in South Texas Photo CBP/The Monitor

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A former supervisor for the U.S. Border Patrol Supervisor pleaded guilty for his participation in framing busts to hide drug trafficking ventures.

On Friday, former Border Patrol Supervisor Eduardo Bazan Jr. appeared before U.S. District Judge Randy Crane and pleaded guilty to making false statements during a narcotics probe.

Bazan is expected to be sentenced on September 12th, where he could be facing up to five years behind bars, according to The Monitor.

Federal agents with Homeland Security Investigations arrested Bazan in November 2016 after he admitted to making up a drug seizure that was part of a plot to steal drugs.

Border Patrol Supervisor Eduardo Bazan Jr. pleaded guilty to his role in the drug robbery scheme

The case against Bazan began after an HSI informant provided agents with testimony in 2013 about a crew of drug dealers that had been robbing cartel smugglers by making it seem like police confiscated the product.

The case Bazan was arrested for occurred in 2007 when he was an agent in McAllen.

Bazan seized 66 kilos or over 145 pounds of cocaine. The drugs had reportedly been swapped for a diluted product, which was then taken by Bazan to conceal the theft.

Bazan initially told police that during the incident, he tried to run after smugglers but was unable to and returned to see other agents seizing the drugs from the car.

A day later, Bazan confessed that he staged the seizure. He came to the scene where the car had been abandoned and pretended to run into the brush–creating the impression of a chase.

Bazan had been paid $8,000 for his role in the scheme.

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