Ex-agent gets 5 years in cocaine case

September 17, 2008 6:52:59 PM PDT
A federal judge in McAllen ordered the maximum five-year prison term for a now-former Border Patrol agent who lied about cocaine seizures. Prosecutors on Wednesday announced the sentence for 31-year-old Juan C. Espinoza of Edinburg.

Espinoza in June pleaded guilty to making false statements or entries in August 2006.

Investigators determined Espinoza had seized cocaine from drug traffickers and conspired with others to distribute it.

Espinoza, who resigned in May, had been free on bond but was taken into custody following Tuesday's sentencing.

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