California Border Patrol agent arrested for bribery, attempted drug distribution

A California Border Patrol agent was arrested Dec. 14 on charges of attempted drug distribution and bribery.

According to a release from Customs and Border Protection, one of its agents, assigned to San Diego Sector, was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Border Corruption Task Force. He was charged Thursday in a three-count complaint with attempted distribution of six pounds of methamphetamine; attempted distribution of seven kilograms of cocaine; and bribery.

The San Diego Union Tribune has identified the agent as Noe Lopez, a 10-year veteran of the agency.

The U.S. Border Patrol stresses honor and integrity in every aspect of its mission and says it does not tolerate misconduct on or off duty and will fully cooperate with all investigations of alleged unlawful conduct by personnel. The 36-year old agent is presently on non-duty/non-pay status pending the outcome of the investigation.

“The U.S. Border Patrol is cooperating with all agencies involved in this investigation.  Border Patrol agents are held to the highest standards, and we remain committed to performing our duties for the American people in the most professional way.”  Chief Patrol Agent Richard A. Barlow said in the release.