U.S. Customs Officer Let Smugglers Pass in Trade for Lawnmower Repairs

U.S. Customs Officer Let Smugglers Pass in Trade for Lawnmower Repairs


A federal officer will spend two years in prison for his role in helping a group of men smuggle liquor and medicine into Texas. In trade, the smugglers fixed the officer’s lawnmower and other handyman tasks.

This week, Simon Medina III,41, went before U.S. District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo in Laredo who sentenced him to two years in prison for a smuggling conspiracy. Medina previously pleaded guilty to the charge on March 8. Medina was a Field Operations Officer with U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the time of the offenses and helped three men smuggle liquor and medication at an international port of entry in Laredo. Medina was fired by CBP.

Medina helped three men identified as Rafael Alvarez, Pablo Granado, and

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