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California Border Patrol agent busted with heroin, firearm in truck

April 12, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
California Border Patrol agent busted with heroin, firearm in truck

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OCEANSIDE, Calif. (Associated Press) — Authorities say a U.S Border Patrol agent found asleep in a pickup truck with heroin and an illegal rifle has been arrested in southern California.

Officials say Brandon Herrera was arrested Sunday morning outside an apartment complex in Oceanside, north of San Diego.

Police responded after someone reported a suspicious person outside the apartment building.

Officers arrived and discovered Herrera asleep in his truck

Oceanside police spokesman Tom Bussey says when Herrera was taken into custody, he identified himself as a Border Patrol agent.

It wasn’t immediately known if he has an attorney.

City News Service reports Wednesday that Border Patrol officials confirmed the arrest but would not confirm the agent’s name or details about his employment. Officials say the agent was placed on administrative leave.

“The U.S. Border Patrol serves the community with honor and integrity and has zero tolerance for illicit drug use,” San Diego Sector Chief Patrol Agent Rodney Scott said. “Any allegation that tarnishes the badge and violates the public trust is taken seriously. We are cooperating with the investigating agency, and the employee in question has had his law enforcement authority revoked and has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation

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