Cameron County deputy arrested in federal bribery case

Jesus A. Longoria

A Cameron County Sheriff's Department deputy found himself on the other side of the law after being arrested in an undercover bribery and smuggling investigation.

U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents arrested 31-year-old Jesus A. Longoria on Monday.

Court records show that the Brownsville deputy worked performing outbound inspections at the Veterans and Gateway International Bridges.

The U.S. Attorney's Office told Action 4 News is accused of taking money in an undercover operation to allow weapons through his post and into Mexico.

Court records show Longoria is accused of accepted at least $7,000 dollars to allow dozens of assault rifles through his post between March and May 2010.

Longoria appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ronald Morgan in Brownsville on Tuesday morning.

Judge Morgan denied bond for Longoria until a Thursday afternoon hearing.

Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio told Action 4 News that Longoria started with his agency back in March 2006.

Sheriff Lucio said his deputies are trustworthy but there is always one percent that gives the rest a bad name.

"This is a sad day for law enforcement, especially the sheriff's office," Lucio said.

Click here to read a FULL COPY of the criminal complaint filed against Longoria