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Former Border Inspector Gets 17 Years for Smuggling, Bribery

BROWNSVILLE, Texas — A former U.S. Customs and Border Protection inspector who accepted bribes to smuggle humans and drugs has been sentenced to 17 years in federal prison.

Prosecutors in Brownsville on Wednesday announced the sentence for Luis Enrique Ramirez of Brownsville. Ramirez oversaw an inspection lane for vehicles.

Ramirez in March pleaded guilty to conspiring to transport illegal immigrants, bringing certain immigrants into the U.S. for financial gain, accepting bribes and possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

Investigators say the time frame was August 2005 through early 2009.

Ramirez has been in custody since his October arrest.



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