Former customs officer convicted of importing marijuana

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- A former Customs and Border Protection officer faces up to 40 years in prison after being convicted of charges that he let marijuana be smuggled across the border.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said former Douglas, Ariz., resident Luis Vasquez, 33, was convicted Thursday by a U.S. District Court jury in Tucson.

The evidence at trial showed that Vasquez used his position as an inspector at the Douglas Port of Entry to allow pickup trucks loaded with marijuana to cross the border without inspection.

According to prosecutors, Vasquez allowed more than 1,200 pounds of marijuana to cross into the United States from Mexico.

The convictions carry a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison, a $5 million fine or both.

Sentencing is scheduled for April 29.