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Ex-Border Patrol agent gets over 9 years in prison for helping Mexican drug traffickers

In this Jan 15, 2019 image, a U.S. Border Patrol agent looks towards a border wall as rain drops cover a window in San Diego.
In this Jan 15, 2019 image, a U.S. Border Patrol agent looks towards a border wall as rain drops cover a window in San Diego. AP Photo/Gregory Bull

A former U.S. Border Patrol agent has been sentenced to nine and a half years in prison after he pleaded guilty to taking bribes to help a drug-trafficking organization smuggle drugs into the U.S. from Mexico.

Robert Hall accepted over $50,000 in cash bribes from the organization, the U.S. Justice Department said in a release.

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In exchange, he tipped off the organization with information about the locations of Border Patrol sensors, locations of unsecured roads along the U.S.-Mexican border and the number of Border Patrol agents working specific areas.

He also gave the individual Border Patrol radios and keys to unlock border locks on ranch fences.

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After he serves his prison sentence, Hall will also be subjected to three years of supervised release. He is also ordered to pay a fine of $20,000.

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An associate of Hall’s, 46-year-old California man Daniel Hernandez, previously pleaded guilty to conspiring to bribe Hall. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Saturday.