Border Patrol agent Ivhan Herrera-Chiang pleads guilty to aiding smugglers

Ivhan Herrera-Chiang

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:

The plea agreement can be read here (courtesy Yuma Sun).

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