A former Brownsville Customs and Border Inspection Officer has been caught after being on the run for more than a year and a 13-count federal indictment against him partially unsealed.
Luis Enrique Ramirez, 38, was charged with drug trafficking, bribery and smuggling of undocumented immigrants. He is being held in federal custody without bond.
From August 2005 to January 2009, federal prosecutors announced Ramirez worked with others to transport undocumented immigrants across the port of entry, accepted bribes allowing illegals to pass through his post. He also is accused of conspring to possess and distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine on multiple occasions from 2007 to 2009.
Ramirez fled the United States more than a year and half ago after learning about the corruption investigation into his actions. He was arrested trying to enter at B & M International Bridge in Brownsville on Saturday by FBI agents and CBP officers.
Ramirez made his first court appearance on Monday and will return to federal court in Brownsville on Thursday for a detention hearing If convicted on all charges, he could face up to life in prison and millions of dollars in fines.
-Manuel De La Rosa, South Texas Tribune, firstname.lastname@example.org