Border Patrol Agent Luis Carlos Vasquez Busted for Pot Smuggling

Allowed 547 kg. of marijuana to pass through his check point at the Douglas border crossing.

Trial date is now set for Aug 21 2012.

KVOA:  Border officer indicted (Sept 26 2011)

A federal grand jury returned a four count indictment against a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer and five other people accusing the group of conspiring to smuggle drugs into the country.

The U.S. attorney’s office says the indictment accuses the group of planning to bring marijuana through a Douglas port of entry while 32-year-old Luis Carlos Vasquez was on duty. The charges also allege Vasquez allowed 547 kilograms of marijuana to pass through his inspection lane in June.

KTAR:  Southern Arizona border officer indicted (Sept 26 2011)

U.S. Department of Justice Press Release:  U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer Indicted on Drug Trafficking Charges  (Sept 26 2011)

A federal grand jury in Tucson has returned a 4-count superseding indictment against U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer (CBPO) Luis Carlos Vasquez, 32; Victor Stuppi, 40; Jesus Antonio Chavez-Bustamante, 25; and Karla Beatriz Prieto, 23, all of Douglas; and Saul Lizarraga-Roldan, 37; and Marcos Abraham Sandoval-Lizarraga, 22, both of Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico, for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, conspiracy to import marijuana and importation of marijuana.

The indictment alleges that CBPO Vasquez conspired with the others named in the indictment to import marijuana through the Douglas Port of Entry (POE) while Vasquez was working an inspection lane. It is also alleged that on June 17, while Vasquez was working an inspection lane at the Douglas POE, he knowingly allowed 547 kilograms of marijuana to pass through his inspection lane in a Chevrolet Avalanche.

Vasquez was arrested on Friday, Sept. 23, and had his initial appearance Monday in federal court in Tucson. Vasquez was released pending trial on a $100,000 personal appearance bond. Stuppi has been released on a $50,000 personal appearance bond, Prieto has been released pending trial, Chavez-Bustamante and Lizarraga-Roldan have been detained pending trial and Sandoval-Lizarraga remains at large.

Sierra Vista Herald:  Customs officer among six indicted on pot smuggling charges (Sept 26 2011)

Douglas Dispatch:  Customs officer among six indicted on pot smuggling charges  (Sept 30 2011)

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

That same month, Customs and Border Protection Officer Luis Carlos Vasquez was indicted for his role in a drug-smuggling operation connected to Mexican suspects. Authorities say, on one occasion, the 32-year-old agent allowed more than 1,200 pounds of pot in a Chevy Avalanche to pass through his inspection lane at the Douglas border crossing.

Sierra Vista Herald:  Hearing in alleged smuggling case reset:  U.S. Customs officer, others stand accused (Jan 11 2012)

A court hearing that was scheduled for Tuesday has been rescheduled for March in U.S. District court in Tucson for a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer and co-defendants who allegedly smuggled marijuana through the Douglas Port of Entry.

Luis Carlos Vasquez, Victor Stuppi, Jesus Antonio Chavez-Bustamante, Karla Beatriz Prieto, Saul Lizarraga-Roldan and Marcos Abraham Sandoval-Lizarraga are charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, conspiracy to import marijuana and importation of the drug.

Vasquez, Stuppi, Chavez-Bustamante, and Prieto, all of Douglas, and Lizarraga-Roldan, of Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico, were scheduled for a hearing today, but it is now set for March 13, according to online court records.

Douglas Dispatch:  Hearing in alleged smuggling case reset:  Douglas Customs officer, others stand accused (Jan 18 2012)

Sierra Vista Herald:  Trial date set for accused drug smugglers (Feb 23 2012)

A new trial date is set in federal court in Tucson for a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer and co-defendants who allegedly smuggled marijuana through the Douglas Port of Entry.

Luis Carlos Vasquez, Jesus Antonio Chavez-Bustamante, Victor Stuppi, Saul Lizarraga-Roldan and Karla Beatriz Prieto were scheduled for a hearing on March 13. However, during a status conference before Judge David Bury on Feb. 16, a new trial date was set for May 22 and another status conference will be held March 16, according to court records.

Sierra Vista Herald:  Trial date set for alleged drug smugglers, agent (Mar 18 2012)

A federal judge set a new trial date for a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer and co-defendants who allegedly smuggled marijuana through the Douglas Port of Entry.

Luis Carlos Vasquez, Jesus Antonio Chavez-Bustamante, Victor Stuppi, Saul Lizarraga-Roldan and Karla Beatriz Prieto were supposed to go on trial May 22.

During a status conference on Friday in U.S. District Court in Tucson, Judge David Bury reset the trial for Aug. 21, and set another status conference for April 16.

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