Man from Mexico pleads guilty in Texas gun case
Man from Mexico stopped as fake police officer pleads guilty in South Texas to firearms charge
BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Mexican man who allegedly faked being a Texas police officer with a bogus badge has pleaded guilty to a weapons charge.
Prosecutors in Brownsville on Tuesday said Jose Luis Rodriguez-Treto pleaded guilty to being an illegal immigrant in possession of a firearm. Rodriguez-Treto remains in custody facing up to 10 years in prison when he's sentenced in June.
Investigators suspect Rodriguez-Treto pretended to be an officer to steal money or commit drug-related crimes.
Two federal agents in an unmarked vehicle on Jan. 22 saw an SUV with activated flashing lights generally used by law enforcement. Rodriguez-Treto was driving the Ford Escape and had his wife and infant child with him.
The agents stopped the SUV and confiscated guns, ammunition, law enforcement scanners and a badge saying "special police."
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