A paralegal who worked for federal prosecutors in Texas was busted for tipping off a Mexican drug cartel to her bosses’ investigations, officials said.
Jennifer Loya, who worked in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas in San Antonio, was hit with multiple federal charges last week for drug possession and divulging sensitive information, news station WOIA reported.
FBI agents believe the paralegal helped out a drug cartel that was linked to her sister Kimberly Loya’s husband, Roland Gustamante, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court.
Although Gustamante was deported to Mexico, he allegedly still continued to serve Israel Fernandez-Vasquez, who is a leader in the Cartel del Noreste, the complaint said.
Federal agents first learned there was a possible mole when they went to make a drug-trafficking arrest in May 2019 in San Antonio.
They noted that it “appeared the drugs had been moved overnight” and one of the cartel associates he knew the agent was coming for him, according to the complaint.
Other associates also told agents that Gustamante knew someone working for the US government who provided him with sensitive information about the investigations, WOIA reported.
It was later discovered that Jennifer printed out documents relating to these probes while at work, according to court documents.
She also allowed her sister, Kimberly, to use her car to take drug money to and from Mexico more than a dozen times, the complaint said.
She was charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing meth, obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice.
“We are at the beginning of this,” her court-appointed attorney, John A. Convery, told the San Antonio Express-News. “It’s just a charge, and we need to investigate it.”
The US Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas in San Antonio declined to comment on the case, the newspaper reported.
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