Border Patrol Agent Yamilkar Fierros Sentenced to 20 Months for Accepting Bribes and Aiding Drug Smugglers

KVOA:  Former Border Patrol Agent charged with taking bribes (Oct 30 2009)

A four-count federal indictment was unsealed today against former U.S. Border Patrol Agent Yamilkar Fierros, of Tucson, for allegedly accepting bribes. Fierros was arrested without incident by Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Friday, October 30, 2009, and made his initial appearance at 2:00 p.m. before U.S. Magistrate Judge Glenda E. Edmonds.

  • The indictment alleges that on September 30, 2009, Fierros accepted a $1,000 payment in return for providing a purported drug trafficker with a law enforcement sensitive map of San Rafael Valley, which reflects roads, trails, landmarks, and terminology used by Border Patrol to counter drug traffickers.
  • The indictment further alleges that on October 2, 2009, Fierros accepted a $3,000 payment in return for providing a purported drug trafficker with a list of 109 sensor locations in the Sonoita, Ariz. area.
  • Fierros is also charged with accepted a $1,000 payment on October 23, 2009, in return for providing a purported drug trafficker with a list of 65 new sensor locations in the Sonoita area,
  • as well as a $500 payment in return for agreeing to assist in the safe passage of a narcotics load from Patagonia, Ariz. to Tucson.

The indictment, returned by a federal grand jury on Wednesday, October 28, 2009, and unsealed today, charges Fierros with four counts of Bribery.

AZ Central:  Ex-Border Patrol agent accused of taking bribes (Oct 30 2009)

A former U.S. Border Patrol agent was arrested Friday and charged with accepting bribes from drug traffickers in Southern Arizona.

Federal prosecutors say Yamilkar Fierros, of Tucson, was taken into custody by FBI special agents.

A four-count indictment returned Wednesday by a federal grand jury alleges that Fierros accepted $1,000 for providing a drug trafficker with a law enforcement sensitive map of San Rafael Valley on Sept. 30. The map showed roads, trails, landmarks and terminology used by the Border Patrol to counter drug traffickers.

Nogales International:  Border Patrol agent charged in bribery case  (Nov 3 2009)

A U.S. Border Patrol agent has been arrested on charges of taking bribes in exchange for providing information about sensor locations in the San Rafael Valley and Sonoita, as well as helping to smuggle narcotics from Patagonia.

Sandy Raynor, public affairs officer for the U.S. Attorney’s Office District of Arizona, said that on Oct. 30 Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) arrested Border Patrol Agent Yamilkar Fierros without incident. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Glenda E. Edmonds.

Nogales International:  Border Patrol agent charged in bribery and smuggling case  (Nov 5 2009)

KVOA:  Former Border Patrol agent sentenced for accepting bribes (May 9 2011)

Yamilkar Fierros was sentenced to 20 months in prison for accepting three payments from a purported drug trafficker for providing him with information, maps, and an agreement to assist in safe passage across the border.

On August 12, 2010, Fierros pleaded guilty to accepting a $3,000 payment in return for providing the alleged trafficker with a list of 109 Border Patrol sensor locations in the Sonoita area, a $1,000 payment for a trafficker with a map containing information on law enforcement locations, and a $1,500 payment for a list of new sensor locations and agreeing to assist in the safe passage of a load of narcotics.

ABC 15:  Ex-border agent sentenced for taking bribes (May 9 2011)

A former U.S. Border Patrol agent based in Tucson has been sentenced to 20 months in prison for accepting bribes.

The U.S. Attorney’s office says Yamilkar Fierros was sentenced last week for accepting a $3,000 payment in return for providing a list of more than 100 Border Patrol sensor locations in the Sonoita area to a drug trafficker.

Fierros was also charged with accepting a $2,500 payment in return for providing a law-enforcement sensitive map of the San Rafael Valley used by federal agents to counter drug traffickers along with 65 new sensor locations.

AZ Starnet:  Ex-border agent from Tucson given 20 months in bribery case (May 9 2011)

Agent Yamilkar Fierros pleaded guilty in August 2010 to accepting $3,000 the previous year in return for providing a suspected drug smuggler with a list of 109 Border Patrol sensor locations in Sonoita, a U.S. Attorney’s Office press release shows.

Fierros had also was indicted for accepting $1,000 from a drug smuggler for a law-enforcement-sensitive map of the San Rafael Valley in Southeaster Arizona, which showed roads, trails, landmarks and terminology used by the Border Patrol to counter drug traffickers.

In addition, Fierros had been indicted for accepting $1,500 from a drug smuggler in exchange for a list of 65 sensor locations in the Sonoita area and for agreeing to make sure a drug load made it unscathed from Patagonia to Tucson, the press release says.

FBI:  Former Border Patrol Agent Sentenced for Accepting Bribes  (May 9 2011)

Former United States Border Patrol Agent Yamilkar Fierros, of Tucson, has been sentenced to 20 months in prison for accepting bribes. United States District Judge Michael M. Anello handed down the sentence on Thursday, May, 5, in Phoenix.

Fierros pleaded guilty on August 12, 2010, for accepting a $3,000 payment in return for providing a purported drug trafficker with a list of 109 Border Patrol sensor locations in the Sonoita, Arizona area. Fierros had also been indicted for accepting a $1,000 payment in return for providing a purported drug trafficker with a law enforcement sensitive map of the San Rafael Valley, which reflected proprietary information used by the Border Patrol to counter drug traffickers. He was also indicted for accepting a $1,500 payment for providing a purported drug trafficker with a list of 65 new sensor locations in the Sonotia area, and for agreeing to assist in the safe passage of a narcotics load from Patagonia to Tucson.

“For the price of a few thousand dollars, this officer threw away his career, his honor, and his freedom,” said U.S. Attorney Dennis K. Burke. “It is a true shame that he violated his oath to serve and protect the public. This office, and our law enforcement partners, will not hesitate to investigate and prosecute public corruption at any level.”

Added Phoenix Division FBI Acting Special Agent in Charge Robert C. Rudge Jr., “Whenever a law enforcement officer violates his oath of duty by breaking the law, it erodes the public’s trust. The FBI, our law enforcement partners, and the United States Attorney’s Office are committed to investigating and prosecuting those who choose to taint their badge by accepting bribes and providing critical information to drug traffickers. The FBI remains steadfast in its efforts to combat public corruption at all levels.”

Fierros was also ordered to make restitution of the $5,500 that he received in connection with these offenses during the three-year term of supervised release, which will begin when he is released from prison.

White Mountain Independent: Former border patrol agent sentenced for accepting bribes (May 10 2011)

Former United States Border Patrol Agent Yamilkar Fierros, of Tucson, has been sentenced to 20 months in prison for accepting bribes. United States District Judge Michael M. Anello handed down the sentence on Thursday, May, 5, in Tucson.  Fierros pleaded guilty on August 12, 2010 ….

Nogales International:  Ex-Border Patrol agent gets prison for bribe-taking  (May 12 2011)

A former Sonoita-based Border Patrol agent has been sentenced to 20 months in prison for accepting bribes, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said Monday.

Yamilkar Fierros, of Tucson, was sentenced May 5 in Tucson District Court after pleading guilty last year to accepting a $3,000 payment in October 2009 in return for providing a purported drug trafficker with a list of 109 Border Patrol sensor locations in the Sonoita area.

As part of his plea deal, three other counts in the four-count indictment against Fierros were dropped. They included a charge that he took $1,000 from a drug trafficker in exchange for a law enforcement-sensitive map of the San Rafael Valley; an accusation that he took $1,000 for providing a drug trafficker with a list of 65 new sensor locations in the Sonoita area; and a charge alleging that he accepted $500 for allowing safe passage of a drug load from Patagonia to Tucson on Oct. 23, 2009.

Phoenix New Times:  Mexican Smugglers Exploit the Corrupt Reputation of U.S. Border Officers  (Dec 1 2011)

In May, a U.S. District Court judge sentenced Border Patrol agent Yamilkar Fierros to 20 months in prison for accepting bribes in exchange for providing confidential information to drug traffickers.

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