MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) — A former federal immigration agent is facing up to five years in prison after he pleaded guilty to helping smuggle more than $2.4 million in cash into the U.S. from the Dominican Republic.
Luis De Jesus Alonzo Jr., 44, who entered his plea last week to a a bulk smuggling charge, resigned September 6th as a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement deportation officer.
Prosecutors said that Alonzo and two others arrived in June at Miami International Airport from the Dominican Republic with seven pieces of luggage. Investigators found cash hidden in diapers, baby wipes and other items.
Alonzo had filled out a form declaring the luggage did not contain more than $10,000, the threshold for travelers entering the U.S. to report money to authorities.
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