Border Patrol agent who aided drug smugglers sentenced

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Border Patrol agent who aided drug smugglers sentenced

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(Left) Ivhan Herrera Chiang; (right) Michael Lopez Garcia (Left) Ivhan Herrera Chiang; (right) Michael Lopez Garcia

YUMA, Ariz. (13 On Your Side) – A former Border Patrol agent who admitted to passing sensor maps, codes to unlock gates, and other sensitive information to drug smugglers has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Ex-agent Ivhan Herrera-Chiang received the maximum sentence today by a U.S. District Judge in Phoenix.

He and his co-conspirator, former state corrections officer Michael Lopez Garcia, took a plea deal back in April.

Herrera-Chiang plead guilty to four counts of bribery of a public official and witnesses.

Both men were charged in early 2012 with conspiracy to possess drugs with intent to distribute.

Last week, Lopez-Garcia, who worked at the state prison in San Luis, Ariz., was sentenced.

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