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Corrupt Port Inspector Found Guilty

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Corrupt Port Inspector Found Guilty

Corrupt Port Inspector Found Guilty

TUCSON, Ariz. -- A federal jury has found a U.S. port inspector guilty of drug charges.

Luis Vasquez worked for U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Douglas, Ariz. Court evidence found that Vasquez twice allowed smugglers to traffic marijuana through the port of entry lane he was supposed to be guarding. They smuggled about 1,200 pounds through.

He and others were also found guilty of conspiracy. Vasquez is about the 145th Homeland Security agent to be charged with corruption since 2004. He will be sentenced in April and faces a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison.

Fronteras Desk senior editor Michel Marizco is an award-winning investigative reporter based in Flagstaff.