A backpack, a Coke bottle and fake cocaine: Inside a Border Patrol agent’s smuggling arrest

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By Cleve R. Wootson Jr.

Noe Lopez needed a favor.

It was early December, and the U.S. Border Patrol agent working on the San Diego-Tijuana border asked a co-worker whether they could switch patrol areas for the day.

She would take whatever area Lopez was assigned, and he would spend the day in a desolate, isolated area known as “S— Bridge.”

Court documents don’t detail what Lopez told the woman to persuade her to switch, but he likely kept the real reason a secret: He was expecting a package.

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