Customs officer charged with bribery

October 1, 2009 10:20:44 AM PDT
A U.S. Customs officer in Brownsville faces charges of bribery and letting an illegal immigrant into the country in exchange for $4,800. Court documents show Javier Cavazos allegedly stamped immigration documents for a French citizen at his home the day before he let the man through his border post without running his name through government databases.

The 50-year-old veteran customs officer was arrested Tuesday by agents from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office of Professional Responsibility. Alleged accomplice, David de la Fuente, made an initial court appearance Wednesday on charges that he received $200 to help the Frenchman.

Customs and Border Protection spokesman Eduardo Perez said Cavazos was no longer with the agency, but could provide no other details.

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