(23 year old sentenced to 2 and a half years in prison)….The sentence was part of a plea agreement.
Elizabeth Hernandez was caught smuggling illegal migrants, including a child, through a Border Patrol checkpoint last April. What made Hernandez’s case unique is that she was an Imperial County Reserve Sheriff’s Deputy at the time, and was in full uniform, including wearing her weapon at the time of her arrest. Records indicate she had been smuggling people between October and her arrest. She was reportedly paid $90,000 during that period. Part of the plea agreement is that she forfeit the money she was paid. Hernandez could have faced up to 10 years in federal prison.