Jury Selected For Ex-Border Patrol Accused of Smuggling Immigrants in U.S.
July 7th 2012 · 17 Comments
The trial of Raul and Fidel Villarreal (VEE-uh-ray-AL) continues Friday in San Diego federal court. The brothers have pleaded notguilty to human smuggling, witness tampering and bribery.
Raul Villarreal was long a public face of the Border Patrol, frequently appearing on television news as an agency spokesman. He even acted as a human smuggler in a public service announcement intended to warn Mexicans about the dangers of entering the United
The case is one of the highest-profile corruption cases to sting the Border Patrol since it went on a hiring spree during the last decade.
A version of this column originally appeared in www.sandiego6.com.
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