MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — A Mexican man has been sentenced to 1½ years in a U.S. prison for trying to bribe an officer to let illegal immigrants slip through a border crossing into Texas.
Prosecutors in McAllen say a judge Wednesday sentenced 31-year-old Jose Luis Huerta-Aguilar of Rio Bravo, Tamaulipas (tom-uh-LEEP'-us), Mexico. He pleaded guilty Nov. 5 to bribery of a public official.
A Customs and Border Protection agent on June 14 began communicating via radio with Huerta-Aguilar. Prosecutors say Huerta-Aguilar was trying to pass illegal immigrants across the border with no inspection.
Prosecutors say the agent two days later met with Huerta-Aguilar at the Progreso Port of Entry and accepted cash.
Investigators say Huerta-Aguilar is in the U.S. illegally and faces deportation following his prison term.