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Feb 15, 2013 12:25 PM by Faye DeHoff

Former customs officer found guilty of importing marijuana

TUCSON - A former Customs and Border Protection Officer has been found guilty of drug charges.

33-year-old Luis Vasquez, formerly of Douglas, was found guilty on February 14 by a federal jury in Tucson. Evidence showed that Vasquez used his position as an inspector at the Douglas port of entry to allow over 1,200 pounds of marijuana into the United States from Mexico on at least two occasions without inspection.

He was found guilty on all counts, including conspiracy to import marijuana, unlawful importation of marijuana, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana and possession with the intent to distribute marijuana.

The convictions carry a maximum penalty of 40 years imprisonment, a $5,000,000 fine or both. Vasquez remains in the custody of the United States Marshals Service while awaiting sentencing, which will be on April 29th.

The investigation in this case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the
Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection and Office of the Inspector General and the Douglas Police Department.

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