Former Cameron County deputy pleads guilty in 'guns for cartel' case

Jesus Longoria File Photo

A former Cameron County Sheriff's Department deputy pleaded guilty to his role in an alleged high-powered weapons for cash scheme.

Jesus Alberto Longoria appeared before U.S. District Court Judge Hilda Tagle in Brownsville on Friday morning.

Federal agents arrested the 31-year-old deputy as part of an undercover operation back in November

Longoria admitted to taking $4,000 dollars to let assault rifles go through his post at the Veterans International Bridge in Brownsville.

Tagle ordered that the former deputy remains in custody without bond.

Longoria is expected to be sentenced on March 14th where he faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 dollar fine.