EL PASO, Texas (AP) - A 43-year-old U.S. Customs and Border
Protection technician says she's guilty of conspiring to smuggle
marijuana and illegal immigrants into the country.
Martha Alicia Garnica pleaded guilty Friday in federal court to
charges of conspiracy to import more than 100 kilos of marijuana
into the United States, conspiracy to smuggle undocumented
immigrants, three counts of bribery of a public official and one
count of importation of a controlled substance.
Prosecutors said Garnica, who faces up to five years in prison
when sentenced later this year, admitted helping smuggle marijuana
and illegal immigrants into the U.S. starting in April 2009. Three
other defendants have also pleaded guilty and are scheduled to be
sentenced later this year. Prosecutors say a fourth defendant was
killed in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, just across the Rio Grande from El
Paso, in February.