Border Patrol agent who aided drug smugglers sentenced
Story by 13 On Your Side Newsroom
(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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