Laredo USDA Worker Guilty OvIr Infested Items

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LAREDO, Texas (AP) - A government worker in Laredo has pleaded
guilty to allowing infested agricultural products into the U.S.
from Mexico.
Federal prosecutors on Thursday announced 48-year-old Jose
Homero Reyes will be sentenced Sept. 3.
Reyes, who worked as a U.S. Department of Agriculture plant
protection and quarantine officer, pleaded guilty to three
fumigation-related violations going back to 2005.
The guilty plea to conspiracy to permit agricultural products
infested with a plant pest to enter the U.S. carries a maximum
penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Each of the guilty pleas to permitting an infested agricultural
product to enter the U.S. carries the same penalties.
Investigators say Reyes allowed trucks hauling ag products
infested with a plant pest to leave Laredo without being properly
fumigated.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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