A California man has admitted to bribery stemming from his role in a drug smuggling case linked to a former South Texas Border Patrol agent. In Houston federal court, 46-year-old Daniel Hernandez pleaded guilty to conspiring to bribe a public official.
Prosecutors say Hernandez and the unnamed Border Patrol agent took thousands of dollars in cash from drug traffickers to help them avoid law enforcement as they moved marijuana and other drugs through South Texas.
Specifically, investigators say, the drug traffickers were given the locations of CBP sensors, the locations of unpatrolled roads, along with the number of Border Patrol agents working a certain area.
Hernandez is described in court documents as an associate of the former South Texas Border Patrol agent. Prosecutors have not identified the agent.