Border Agent Charged With Harboring Illegal Immigrants With His Mother

February 14, 2009

(ChattahBox) — An upside to being a Customs and Border Patrol agent is that you can find a housekeeper for your mom easily, but it might be frowned upon if your bosses find out. Such is the case of 39-year-old Merlin Mireles a federal Customs and Border Protection officer who along with his mother, have been indicted on charges they harbored illegal immigrants on their property in suburban New Orleans.Federal prosecutors say Mireles, a border officer assigned to Port of Progreso, Texas, drove a Mexican woman and her two children from Texas to Metairie after they illegally entered the U.S. Allegedly Mireles and his mother, 66-year-old Gloria Mireles, gave the woman and her family places to live in exchange for her performing housekeeping chores.

Gloria Mireles also allegedly helped the woman get a part-time job and helped enroll her children in public schools, which doesn’t sound like a bad thing.

A three-count indictment handed up Friday against Mireles and her son includes a conspiracy charge punishable by up to 10 years in prison.


One Response to “Border Agent Charged With Harboring Illegal Immigrants With His Mother”

  1. Jim on February 15th, 2009 8:56 am

    I wish you reporters would report the truth. A U.S. Border Patrol Agent is different than a U.S. Customs Officer. This was an arrest of a Customs Officer, who wear blue uniforms and who work at the port of entry’s. A Border Patrol Agent works between the ports of entry and they where green.

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