Ex-Federal Border Inspector Charged with Smuggling

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A South Texas grand jury has indicted a former border inspector on drug trafficking, immigrant smuggling and bribery counts.

Federal officials in Brownsville on Tuesday revealed parts of an April 2009 indictment against 38-year-old Luis Enrique Ramirez after he returned to Brownsville from his Mexican hideout Saturday. Other parts of the indictment remain secret pending the arrests of other suspects.

According to the 13-count indictment, Ramirez conspired with others to import and move illegal immigrants and cocaine in return for bribes from August 2005 through January 2009.

Convictions on the drug smuggling counts alone are punishable by up to life imprisonment. Ramirez remains in federal custody pending a Thursday detention hearing in Brownsville.

Spokeswoman Angela Dodge of the Southern Texas District's U.S. Attorney's Office says Ramirez has no attorney on record.

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