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A Texas National Guard soldier stationed in Laredo has been accused of stealing methamphetamine that had been seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Prior to the theft, Edwin Baez, 21, and another person discussed stealing seized drugs from CBP and then selling or distributing them, according to an arrest affidavit filed Friday in a Laredo federal court. The affidavit does not identify the other individual.
The article goes on to state the following:
Baez allegedly stole 1.5 kilograms of methamphetamine. He was charged with theft of government property, conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
Baez had been deployed to the CBP Field Operations Office at the World Trade Bridge to assist officers and agents with drug interdiction and other law enforcement efforts, according to court documents. Prosecutors said Baez also provided mission-enhancing capabilities, such as surveillance, reconnaissance and operational and logistics support.
If convicted of the drug charges, Baez faces a minimum of 10 years in prison. He also faces up to 10 years if convicted of theft of government property, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
A Texas National Guard soldier deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border is accused of stealing methamphetamine seized by Customs and Border Protection agents https://t.co/3GGNwWLmLM
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A Texas National Guard soldier part of the state’s border protection buildup has been accused of stealing from U.S. Customs and Border Protection methamphetamine that federal agents had seized. https://t.co/qYV7u9Farx
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