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.