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Border Patrol Agent Pleads Guilty To Laundering Drug Money

Border agent laundered $61,600 in Mexican drug money in 2012.

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WASHINGTON — A Customs and Border Protection agent pled guilty to federal money-laundering charges Friday.

Raimundo Borjas was originally arrested on money-laundering charges in March 2013; prosecutors upgraded the charges to money laundering in May.

According to Borjas’ attorney Maria Davilla, Borjas pled guilty Friday morning to laundering $61,600 for an unknown person in Agua Prieta, a city in the Mexican state of Sonora that is controlled by the Sinaloa drug cartel.

Borjas’ guilty plea comes just days after prosecutors dropped money-laundering charges against Lauro Tobias, who worked for CBP at the Lukeville Arizona Port of Entry. A federal task force spent thousands on plane tickets, boxing tickets, hotel rooms, and strip clubs in a failed sting of Tobias.

Davilla said Borjas will be sentenced Oct. 16.

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John Stanton is the Washington, D.C. Bureau Chief for BuzzFeed News. Stanton has spent extensive time on the U.S.-Mexico border reporting on immigration and is also a recipient of the National Press Foundation's 2014 Dirksen Award for distinguished reporting of Congress.
Contact this reporter at john.stanton@buzzfeed.com
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