Yuma Sun: Ex-Border Patrol agent, state prison corrections officer plead guilty (Apr 15 2013)
A former Yuma Sector Border Patrol agent and a former corrections officer at a Yuma-area state prison have both pleaded guilty to conspiring to help a drug trafficking organization smuggle illegal entrants and drugs into the United States. Ivhan Herrera-Chiang, 29, who at the time was stationed in Yuma, and Michael Lopez-Garcia, 28, who used to be assigned to the Arizona State Prison Complex in San Luis, pleaded guilty to plea agreements in federal court in Phoenix. Herrera-Chiang entered his guilty plea to bribery of a public official on Friday. The plea deal calls for Herrera to be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison, pay a maximum fine of $250,000 and serve three years of supervised probation after his release.
Herrera-Chiang’s alleged role was to obtain and disclose sensitive information, including sensor maps, combinations to gates near the U.S-Mexican border, computer records concerning prior drug seizures and the identity of confidential informants. He had access to such information by virtue of his membership in a Border Patrol intelligence unit.
The only other stories available are AP wire stories all based on the above Yuma Star article:
- Arizona Daily Sun: 2 former officers in Ariz. admit helping smugglers (Apr 16 2013)
- ABC 15: 2 former officers in Arizona admit helping smugglers (Apr 16 2013)
- AZ Family: 2 former officers in Ariz. admit helping smugglers (Apr 16 2013)
- The Republic: Ex-officers in Ariz. admit providing smugglers with maps of hidden sensors, other information (Apr 16 2013)
- KTAR: 2 former Arizona officers admit helping smugglers (Apr 16 2013)
The plea agreement can be read here (courtesy Yuma Sun).