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Two Mexican agents deported after pleading to drug charges

April 7, 2009 | 12:15 pm

Two Mexican federal agents were deported this morning, one week after entering pleas on drug charges in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

Immigration agents handed Carlos Cedano-Filippini, 35, and Victor Manuel Juarez-Cruz, 35, over to Mexican authorities at the border crossing this morning, “amid extraordinarily tight security,” according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The men, both part of Mexico’s Federal Agency of Investigations, were arrested July 2008 at a West Covina house in connection with an ongoing narcotics investigation. More than $600,000 in what was believed to be drug proceeds was recovered from the house. On April 1, Cedano-Filippini pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor count of accessory to a felony and Juarez-Cruz pleaded no contest to possession of more than $100,000 in narcotic proceeds.

They were sentenced to time already served in county jail. Representatives from the Mexican Attorney General’s office were waiting for the men at the San Ysidro crossing this morning.

-- Anna Gorman

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