The US Border Guard officer is accused of smuggling migrants from Mexico to Texas
- A US border guard agent was indicted by a grand jury in Texas on May 21 and charged with ‘transporting undocumented migrants for personal gain’
- The officer, who has been assigned to the Laredo sector, was indefinitely suspended after his arrest last Friday
- US Customs and Border Protection said the agent has been on duty since 2008
A US Border Patrol agent has been accused of smuggling migrants across the international border between the United States and Mexico, US Customs and Border Protection said Wednesday.
The border officer was arrested last Friday after a grand jury charged him with “transporting undocumented migrants for personal gain.”
CBP said the border guard agent had been assigned to the Laredo sector and had been on duty since 2008.
The officer, whose name was withheld, has been indefinitely suspended.
A Laredo Sector Border Patrol stands next to a steel border fence along the Southwest International Line where agents rescued 24 people who were smuggled into a truck near Freer, Texas, on Oct. 12, 2020.
Details of how long the border guard agent transported undocumented migrants was not released.
“ (CBP) emphasizes honor and integrity in every aspect of our mission and expects officers and agents to abide by the oath they take to uphold and enforce the laws of this country, ” the agency said in a statement .
CBP has not specified what the agent’s maximum sentence will be if found guilty.
DailyMail.com reached out to the U.S. Law Firm for the Southern District of Texas for comment.
US Border Patrol Laredo Sector agents are processing a group of more than 40 migrants who were found in a tractor trailer during a checkpoint on Interstate 35 in Laredo, Texas on Wednesday morning.
The charges were filed just one day after a former CBP agent in Laredo pleaded guilty to assisting an undocumented immigrant from Mexico who entered the United States and hired her as her nanny.
Rhonda Lee Walker, 40, admitted in a signed plea deal that although she was a customs and border protection officer on Jan. 2, she used another officer’s credentials to help the woman enter the United States through the port of Laredo .
In return for the plea, federal prosecutors said the number of crimes of illegally transporting the woman to the US and lying to investigators will be dismissed.
Walker is sentenced on August 9 and can face up to 10 years in prison.