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2 former Arizona officers admit helping smugglers

YUMA, Ariz. -- A former U.S. Border Patrol agent and a former Arizona prison officer face federal prison terms after pleading guilty and admitted they passed sensor maps, codes to unlock gates and other sensitive information to drug smugglers.

Ex-agent Ivhan Herrera-Chiang and former state corrections officer Michael Lopez-Garcia are to be sentenced Aug. 12 in U.S. District Court in Phoenix.

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

The Yuma Sun reported that Herrera-Chiang pleaded guilty Friday to bribery of a public official.

Federal court records indicate that Lopez-Garcia pleaded guilty last May to conspiracy to possession controlled substances with intent to distribute.

Herrera-Chiang was stationed in Yuma, while Lopez-Garcia worked at the state prison in San Luis.

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