McALLEN, Texas (AP) - A U.S. Border Patrol agent faces charges
of conspiracy to distribute cocaine in a smuggling operation.
Reynaldo Zuniga, a 34-year-old Border Patrol agent from
Harlingen, was arrested and accused of helping to smuggle eleven
bricks of cocaine into the U.S.. That's what the U.S. Attorney's
Office announced today. Also arrested were 29-year-old Luis Alfredo
Cruz and 24-year-old Jose Luis Arteaga -- both from Reynosa,
Authorities say Zuniga was paid to pick up one of the men along
the Rio Grande west of the Hidalgo port of entry, then drive him to
a Whataburger in Hidalgo. From there, the man would get a ride from
the other man to Pharr.
Border Patrol spokesman Ricardo Rosas says that Zuniga and the
others were arrested early Saturday morning after surveillance
picked them up late Friday night.
All three men remained in federal custody.
Detention hearings for the three are scheduled for Thursday.
(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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