August 11, 2012
Two former U.S. Border Patrol agents from San Diego who fled to Mexico while under investigation for smuggling illegal immigrants into the country were convicted Friday of conspiracy and human smuggling.
Brothers Raul and Fidel Villarreal used government vehicles to transport illegal immigrants who were guided across the border by Mexican smugglers, according to prosecutors. The scheme ran from 2005 to 2006.
The federal investigation took an embarrassing turn in 2006 when the brothers fled their home in a San Diego suburb after being tipped off to the probe. They were captured two years later in Tijuana.