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Federal grand jury indicts Border Patrol agent for lying about alleged ties to Mexican drug traffickers

March 8, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Federal grand jury indicts Border Patrol agent for lying about alleged ties to Mexican drug traffickers

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A federal grand jury in San Diego has indicted a U.S. Border Patrol agent on allegations that he lied about his relationship to two drug traffickers from Mexico.

According to a Justice Department press release, Border Patrol Agent Ramon Delgado is accused of lying about his purported relationships with two drug traffickers in a standard pre-employment background application and, later, during an interview with agents.

The 44-year-old has been charged with one count of providing false statements to the government. He is facing up to five years behind bars if he is found guilty.

The indictment, which was unsealed on Monday, indicated that federal officials investigated allegations that Delgado had relationships with and helped a drug cartel that smuggled meth, heroin, and cocaine into the United States.

Members of the drug trafficking enterprise included both citizens of the U.S. and Mexican. Prosecutors claim that Delgado kept a close relationship with two members from Mexico.

In the application he submitted in October 2015, Delgado was asked whether, in the past seven years, he “had continuing contact with any foreign nationals with whom he was bound by affection, influence, common interests and obligation,” according to prosecutors. Delgado stated that he did not.

The indictment added that Delgado lied once again nine months later, in July 2016, when agents questioned him regarding whether or not he knew the drug traffickers.

In a statement, San Diego Chief Patrol Agent Rodney Scott said he was “disappointed to learn about the allegations when they surfaced. Integrity is a core value of all Border Patrol agents.”

He added: “You cannot be an agent without it. It is imperative to point out that while this is disappointing, it is an anomaly. The majority of U.S. Border Patrol agents carry out their duties every day with integrity, vigilance, and honor.”

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