Illegal arrested in Texas using Border Patrol agent’s ID

Illegal arrested in Texas using Border Patrol agent’s ID
Falfurrias border checkpoint. (Image: KGBT 4)

When Border Patrol agents checked a bus passenger’s papers at the Falfurrias checkpoint last week, they did a double-take.

The bus passenger handed them a driver’s license identifying himself as David, a 34-year-old man from Edinburg, according to federal court records.

Along with the driver’s license, the man had a birth certificate and a Social Security card identifying him as David.

Border Patrol agents working the checkpoint at 1 a.m. Thursday, though, knew David — and he wasn’t the guy on the bus. …

David is a fellow Border Patrol agent assigned to the Falfurrias area, according to federal court records. …

The man admitted he was actually 24-year-old Orlando Castaneda-Diaz, a Mexican citizen who claimed to have illegally crossed the border on April 12, according to the federal criminal complaint against him.

Castaneda-Diaz said he bought the documents from a man in Matamoros for $2,000, according to the criminal complaint, and had never met the real David.

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