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Texas Border Patrol Agent Convicted of Aiding Drug Cartel

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BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A South Texas jury has acquitted a Border Patrol agent of murder but convicted him of aiding organized crime in a drug-related case that left a man decapitated.

Joel Luna was acquitted Tuesday in Brownsville of the most serious charges in the 2015 death. Prosecutors contend Joel Luna used his position to help a Mexican cartel move illegal weapons and ammunition south of the border and drugs to the north.

A Cameron County jury found the 31-year-old Luna guilty of two counts of engaging in organized criminal activity.

His brother, 26-year-old Eduardo Luna, was convicted of capital murder, murder and two counts of engaging in organized criminal activity and sentenced to mandatory life in prison without parole.

Joel Luna faces up to 99-year prison terms during sentencing.

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