A U.S. citizen banned from Mexico, who wed his Mexican fiancée last month–in a ceremony taking place during a rare opening of the steel gate along the U.S.-Mexico border–was revealed as a convicted drug smuggler, leaving border patrol agents angry that they “provided security for a cartel wedding.”
The groom, Brian Houston, a U.S. citizen, is awaiting sentencing in San Diego federal court on a drug smuggling conviction — a fact that the Border Patrol was unaware of when it ran a background check on him, clearing him to participate in the “Door of Hope” event at Border Field State Park. Houston requested the ceremony because he claimed he could not cross the border into Tijuana.
Houston was arrested in February as he crossed through the San Ysidro Port of Entry, driving his Volkswagen Jetta. Inside the vehicle, border patrol officers discovered 43 pounds of heroin, 47 pounds of methamphetamine and 43 pounds of cocaine, according to the complaint.
“The agents are upset, feel like they were taken advantage of, feel like they were duped,” said Joshua Wilson, vice president and spokesman for the National Border Patrol Council Local 1613. “Turns out, we provided armed security for a cartel wedding.”
According to Fox News, the wedding ceremony was the first to happen at the annual “Door of Hope” event in which a steel border gate is opened for an hour, allowing people who cannot cross the border to meet for about three minutes each.
“It’s a statement that love has no borders,” the convicted drug smuggler told the Union-Tribune last month during the wedding.
Future “Door of Hope” events might be put in jeopardy due to the mishap involving Houston.
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