Customs officer seeks probation for gun-buying scheme

Manuel Eduard Peña // File Photo

A former customs officers is expected to appear before a federal judge on Monday afternoon where he's asking for probation instead of jail time for a gun-buying scheme.

Manuel Eduardo Pea is expected to appear for sentencing before U.S. District Court Judge Hilda Tagle in Brownsville on Monday afternoon.

A federal jury found Pea guilty back in August.

But court records show that Pea is seeking probation for the illegal gun-buying scheme.

Defense attorney Ernesto Gamez filed a motion saying that Pea is the sole provider of three children from his first marriage and a 3-year-old boy from his second marriage.

Gamez argued that Pea had numerous commendations for drug seizures and other acts during his career as a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer.

Court records show that prosecutors are against giving Pea probation.