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Jury Selected For Ex-Border Patrol Accused of Smuggling Immigrants in U.S.

July 7th 2012   ·   17 Comments

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Jury selection is set to resume for two former Border Patrol agents accused of smuggling hundreds of people into the United States illegally.

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
States illegally.

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.

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Readers Comments (17)

  1. It is sad if he/she did this for money to be able to properly support their family and live a decent life. IF IT WAS DONE OUT OF GREED THEN IT IS JUST A SHAME.

  2. Did anyone know that our former US President, George Bush, wanted the border between the US and Mexico, completely removed and that is what he worked much of his presidency trying to do?

  3. Linda Wilson says:

    they are NOT IMMIGRANTS …. they ARE ALIENS!!!!!

  4. I just don’t understand people thats all the say it all about bush obama is the the one who let holden off about the guns so stop blaming the bush look at obama

  5. Hey Linda I don’t think you’re a OLD LADY… You’re a OLD STINKING BITCH!!!!

  6. Roberto, I think you are a crass, vulgar, poor excuse for a man and I said that without being that myself.

  7. Doug Lawson says:

    throw his ass in the clink and throw away the key if he’s found guilty, set an example

  8. Chuck Hajek says:

    Roberto, go take your creepy self back to your OWS meeting, it’s time for your coolaid

  9. Her Richard Rogers… Judging by your choice of words and diction.. you sound like a retard!!

  10. Sure I’ll have some Kool Aid Chuck. Sounds refreshing.

  11. How can we protect our borders, when we have corrupt BP. I know Border Patrol Agents that our good people and risk their lives everyday to protect America. I agree with Richard and Doug.

  12. I wish the DOJ could find and prosecute the ones qwho supplied the weapons that killed Terry Brian. Also, I think these two were former BP agents and we can all probably guess why.

  13. George Lee says:

    I think it is just too tempting for some agents. They have a chance to make some extra money and they know where the patrols are and where the sensors are planted. It is just too easy.

  14. George Lee says:

    I think it is just too tempting for some agents. They have a chance to make some extra money and they know where the patrols are and where the sensors are planted. It is just too easy.

  15. Look no further than the white house to find who supplied the weapons that killed Terry Brian. Weapon was part of Fast & Furious weapons that Obama & Holder supplied. Read your news

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