U.S. Customs and Border Protection inspector indicted for smuggling

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection inspector at the Eagle Pass Port of Entry has been indicted in San Antonio for trying to smuggle marijuana and cocaine through a Border Patrol checkpoint north of Del Rio.

Alex Moses Jr., 28, was indicted Wednesday on one count of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute it and with one count of importation of cocaine.

According to a probable cause affidavit on file in the U.S. District Clerk’s Office here, Moses was arrested at the U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint on U.S. Highway 277 about 30 miles north of Del Rio on Sunday, Sept. 28.

“Moses was arrested after he presented himself for inspection and after a canine alerted to the presence of narcotics or contraband in the 2007 white Ford truck that . . . Moses was driving,” the affidavit read.

Two bundles of marijuana wrapped in brown packing tape and weighed 1.95 pounds were found in a search of the truck, according to the affidavit.

The affidavit also reads that the marijuana was hidden between the bed liner and the truck bed.

The affidavit reads that although Moses exercised his right to remain silent, a woman who was with him at the time of his arrest, identified in the affidavit as “Ky Ann Coleman, civilian, Quemado, Texas,” agreed to be interviewed.

“Coleman provided the Department of Homeland Security, Office of the Inspector General, with a written statement that she had witnessed . . .Moses carrying a small brown bundle identical to the one containing the marijuana prior to his arrest. Coleman said that when the Border Patrol agents found the marijuana hidden underneath the bed liner of the . . .truck, Moses told her he was going to escape by running from the checkpoint,” the affidavit read.

Coleman said several hours before the arrest, she and Moses had traveled to Ciudad Acuña, Coah., Mexico, across the border from Del Rio and she said she had witnessed Moses “purchase 10 or 12 pink colored zip lock packets containing what she believed to be cocaine.”

Coleman also told investigators that Moses had smuggled the packets back into the U.S. inside his socks.

Coleman reported that while she and Moses were waiting for the truck they were in to be searched, Moses told her that he had hidden the packets of cocaine underneath a floor mat inside the truck.

“A subsequent search of the of the floor mat at the checkpoint resulted in the seizure of 10 pink colored zip lock packets containing cocaine. An additional two pink colored packets containing cocaine were seized from inside the holding cell where Moses was being detained,” the affidavit read.

The cocaine recovered weighed a total of six grams and was wrapped “consistent with street level distribution,” the affidavit stated.

“Coleman said that prior to departing Del Rio. . .Moses told her that he had to do this (smuggle and transport drugs) because he owed a favor to a friend,” the affidavit read.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Rick Pauza said Moses has been employed with U.S. Customs and Border Protection for four years. Pauza said Moses is a CBP officer who served as an inspector at the Eagle Pass Port of Entry.

Pauza said Moses is currently on leave pending the conclusion of the criminal investigation against him.

“If there is a final conviction, the employee may be removed,” Pauza said.

Other news organizations, including the San Antonio Express-News, have reported that Moses is a cousin of U.S. District Judge Alia Moses Ludlum, but that fact could not be independently verified.

The case against Moses was moved from the Del Rio Division to the San Antonio Division, but a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Antonio said today he could not comment on why the case was moved.

An attempt was made to contact Ludlum Friday, but she did not return a requested phone call.