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Ex-US border inspector sentenced in bribery case

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POSTED July 5, 2013 1:33 a.m.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A former U.S. border inspector has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for taking more than $50,000 to wave drug-laden vehicles from Mexico through his lane.

Oscar Osbaldo Ortiz Martinez was sentenced Wednesday in a San Diego courtroom and ordered to pay more than $20,000 in fines. The 33-year-old was convicted late last year on conspiracy and bribery charges.

Ortiz, who worked for Customs and Border Protection, was assigned to a border crossing in Calexico. Prosecutors say Ortiz and an accomplice worked with federal agents posing as drug traffickers.

Authorities say Ortiz discussed smuggling cocaine and methamphetamine through his inspection lane.

Ortiz accepted $22,000 in bribes and was arrested in 2010 when he showed up to collect another $30,000 bribe from an informant.

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