Border Patrol agent charged with bribery for running drugs

Ray Hunter
December 17, 2016

A U.S. Border Patrol agent assigned to the Imperial Beach station has been charged trying to smuggle methamphetamine and cocaine from Mexico.

Lopez is scheduled to appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jill L. Burkhardt on Tuesday for a detention hearing to determine whether he should remain in custody. The court docket does not list an attorney for him.

The Border Patrol says Lopez is on unpaid leave. He is also charged with drug-related crimes.

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In a press release, Chief Patrol Agent Richard A. Barlow released the following statement regarding the arrest and the standards of the agency.

Lopez is a 10-veteran of the agency.

The incident took place at about 8 p.m., when the agent was responding to suspicious activity just outside of Douglas, according to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection news release. He was assigned to one of the most fortified stretches of border along the US divide with Mexico. Two days later, he allegedly accepted $7,000 for retrieving 7 kilograms of phony cocaine.

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