Thursday, October 2, 2008

One bad apple

Good thing the sins of one family member doesn't get visited on the other family members.

No one would be safe!

Customs officer faces drug trafficking charges
Guillermo Contreras - Express-News

A U.S. customs officer in Eagle Pass, who is also the cousin of a federal judge, was indicted Wednesday on drug trafficking charges following his arrest north of Del Rio.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security arrested Alex Moses Jr., 28, on Sunday after Border Patrol agents found almost 2 pounds of marijuana and 6 grams of cocaine in his possession, according to a criminal complaint affidavit filed in Del Rio on Monday.

On Wednesday, a federal grand jury in San Antonio indicted Moses on charges of possession with intent to distribute marijuana and importation of cocaine. The case was promptly assigned to U.S. District Judge Xavier Rodriguez to avoid an appearance of a conflict of interest. Moses is a cousin of U.S. District Judge Alia Moses Ludlum, who routinely hears cases on the border, including Eagle Pass. She was unavailable for comment. (For your own sake stay unavailable for comment, Judge)

Moses has worked for U.S. Customs and Border Protection since 2004 and was placed on leave, pending a review, said CBP spokesman Rick Pauza.

Moses' arrest occurred at a Border Patrol checkpoint 27 miles north of Del Rio, on Highway 277, after a drug-sniffing dog drew attention to the 2007 Ford truck Moses was driving, the affidavit said.

Agents searched the truck and found two bundles of marijuana wrapped in brown tape and weighing 1.95 pounds concealed between the bed liner and the truck bed. Moses invoked his right to remain silent when agents tried to interview him.

But his companion, Ky Ann Coleman of Quemado, told agents she had seen Moses carrying a similar bundle earlier.

Coleman's statement also said that after agents found the marijuana, Moses told her “that he was going to escape by running from the checkpoint,” the affidavit said.

Coleman also said that she accompanied Moses earlier in the day to Ciudad Acuña, Mexico, across the border from Del Rio. There, Coleman saw Moses buy 10 to 12 baggies of what she believed was cocaine. She said he smuggled the baggies in his socks as the two returned to the U.S.

Agents found 10 baggies under a mat in the truck and two more in a holding cell where Moses was later detained, the affidavit said.