US Border Patrol agent arrested on bribery charges

FBI agents have arrested a U.S. Border Patrol agent accused of accepting $39,000 in bribes and using his personal vehicle while in uniform to drive narcotics across the U.S.-Mexico border in his patrol area.

Border Patrol Agent Eric Raymond Macias, who was stationed in Deming, turned himself in to FBI agents Friday at their Las Cruces offices, the FBI said.

Macias allegedly accepted $39,000 in bribes from a witness who was cooperating with investigators in exchange for helping the person smuggle what the agent believed was marijuana and cocaine through the border, according to records filed in U.S. District Court.

Macias is accused of telling a person he believed to be a drug smuggler what route to take to avoid Border Patrol agents in southern New Mexico, an affidavit said.

He also is accused of transporting cocaine in his personal vehicle while in uniform through a Border Patrol checkpoint on Interstate 10 west of Las Cruces, the affidavit said.

The incidents allegedly took place from September 2007 to February 2008, court records showed.

Macias’ arrest follows a two-year investigation by the FBI, the Homeland Security Department’s Office of Inspector General and the internal affairs office at the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. He was released on a $5,000 bond.

Border Patrol spokesman Doug Mosier says his agency is “cooperating fully” with the investigation.

Mosier says all Border Patrol agents go through rigorous training that ncludes integrity on the job. Background investigations are done on all agents.

“These are isolated cases. We don’t feel like it speaks for the reputation, track record and professionalism that the Border Patrol has maintained since 1924,” Mosier said. (In a rat’s ass they’re isolated!)

An FBI spokesman and Macias’ attorney did not return telephone messages left Wednesday seeking comment.

The questions that needs to be asked is why this “BP Hero” is not being charged with drug smuggling, and other Federal charges in relation to using his position to facilitate breaking the law?

SOURCE: El Paso Times & AP