A former Customs and Border Protection Officer from Arizona who was convicted on a number of drug charges has been sentenced to 12 years in prison. Luis Vasquez, 33, let marijuana loads inside vehicles to be smuggled from Mexico into Arizona through a lane that he monitored at the border. Vasquez allowed more than 1,200 pounds of marijuana to pass into the United States from Mexico without inspection.
He was found guilty of conspiracy to import marijuana, unlawful importation of marijuana, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana and possession with the intent to distribute marijuana. The convictions carry a maximum penalty of 40 years imprisonment, a $5,000,000 fine or both.
Prosecutors had requested a 19-year sentence. They thought that a lengthy sentence was necessary in order to demonstrate how serious Vasquez's crimes were.
Vasquez's attorney requested a five-year sentence, AZ Family reported.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection and Office of the Inspector General and the Douglas Police Department.