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Border officer took bribes to allow in immigrants

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SAN DIEGO (AP) - A former U.S. border inspector in San Diego has pleaded guilty to accepting bribes including thousands in cash for allowing illegal immigrants to be driven past him.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says former Customs and Border Protection Officer Hector Rodriguez pleaded guilty to taking the bribes from drivers including Gerardo Rodriguez, who also admitted guilt Thursday.

Prosecutors say that between 2010 and his arrest last July, Hector Rodriguez told the drivers his work schedule and assigned lane then allowed them to drive through without inspection, recording false identities and vehicle numbers.

Under the plea, the men must forfeit cars including a Jaguar and Mercedes, a Harley Davidson motorcycle, Rolex watches, televisions and computers gained through the criminal activity.

They could get 35 years in prison when they're sentenced July 1.


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