October 24, 2008
Mexico: Fugitive Border Agents Apprehended
BY FRONTLINE/World Editors
Former U.S. Border Patrol agent Raul Villareal is suspected of assisting human smuggling operations.
Two former U.S. Border Patrol agents suspected of accepting bribes to help smuggle Mexicans and Brazilians into the U.S. now sit in a Mexican prison awaiting possible extradition following their arrest Saturday in Tijuana -- two years after fleeing the United States just as an investigation was closing in on them.
But it could take months or even years before brothers Raul and Fidel Villarreal return to the United States to face charges, a law enforcement official in the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City told FRONTLINE/WORLD.
The brothers were featured in the May 2008 FRONTLINE/World story "Mexico: Crimes at the Border," as part of a feature profiling corrupt border agents.They fled the U.S. more than two years ago after apparently learning of the investigation.