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Valley Border Patrol Agent Admits To Helping To Smuggle Drugs

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A local Border Patrol agent faces at least 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to a drug smuggling charge.

Oberlin Cortez Pena entered the plea in McAllen federal court Friday following an agreement with federal prosecutors in which a second smuggling charge was dropped.

Cortez Pena had been arrested in July and charged with attempting to aid drug smuggling. He was caught in an undercover sting twice accepting $1,000 for helping drug traffickers cross more than 5 kilos of cocaine through the Falfurrias checkpoint.

The criminal complaint stated Pena used his knowledge as a Border Patrol agent to direct the drug-carrying vehicles through specific checkpoint lanes. The 22-year-old Cortez Pena will be sentenced on March 1st.

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