Register | Forgot Your Password? | Close

TUCSON, Ariz. -- A former Customs and Border Protection officer convicted on charges that he let marijuana be smuggled from Mexico into southeastern Arizona was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Authorities said Luis Carlos Vasquez allowed marijuana loads inside vehicles to be smuggled through a lane that he monitored in June 2011 at the port of entry in Douglas, Ariz.

He was sentenced in federal court in Tucson on Monday.

Prosecutors had requested a 19-year sentence and argued in court papers that a lengthy sentence was needed to reflect the seriousness of his crimes and deter others from abusing the public's trust.

Vasquez's attorney had asked for a minimum mandatory sentence of five years in prison.

Associated Press,

share this story:
Attention KTAR.com Comment Users: We have recently changed our comments boards.
We would like you to be part of the conversation and The Voice of Arizona by logging in with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing KTAR (Arizona Sports) account members will need to create a Disqus account or use one of the aforementioned social media logins. Thank you.
comments powered by Disqus

World Class Arizona

  • Dignity Health

    World Class People. World Class Company. Excellent care, delivered with compassion, for all in need.

Voice For A Better Arizona

  • Family in Focus

    KTAR spends the week taking a look at the issues a modern Arizona family faces.