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May 26, 2019

Former Border Patrol Agent gets nine-year sentence for accepting bribes to facilitate illegal drug trafficking

March 13, 2019
Former U.S. Border Patrol Agent Robert Hall was sentenced Friday to more than nine years in prison for accepting bribes from Mexican drug cartels. (ARIANA DREHSLER / AFP / Getty Images)

A former U.S. Border Patrol Agent is facing a wall of trouble after accepted bribes for helping to smuggle illegal drugs from Mexico into the United States.

Robert Hall, 45, of La Feria, Texas, pleaded guilty to one count of bribery on Sept. 14, 2018, in a case that was unsealed Friday. He’s now going to prison for more than nine years, plus three years of supervised release.

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Hall accepted over $50,000 in cash to use his position as an agent to enable drug shipments to cross the border into Texas without law enforcement detection.

Hall disclosed valuable information with the intent of making their jobs easier, and of going undetected, such as the number of agents patrolling the area, the locations of roads that were unpatrolled, U.S. Customs and Border Protection radios, and keys to unlock gates to ranch fences along the border, according to plea documents.

In addition to serving time, U.S. District Judge Ewing Werlein Jr. of the Southern District of Texas also ordered Hall to pay a $20,000 fine.

Hall’s associate Daniel Hernandez, 46, of Roseville, Calif., pleaded guilty last month to conspiring to accept money to facilitate the smuggling marijuana and other illegal drugs into the United States. He accepted approximately $5,000 in cash in return for the services he provided.

Hernandez pleaded guilty on Feb. 5 to one count of conspiracy to bribe a public official. Sentencing has been scheduled for May 9.

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