Another major embarrassment for the Border Patrol.The agency agreed to provide security for a wedding at the border. There was just one problem. The groom, unbeknownst to the Border Patrol, had pleaded guilty to drug smuggling charges. The family that gathered for the special occasion had ties to cartels, and the Border Patrol, highly visible at the ceremony, provided protection.
The wedding happened at the San Diego border in November. Brian Houston, the convicted drug smuggler, and his Mexican fiance, Evelia Reyes, were married in Friendship Park.
“Border Angels, a non-profit that organized the event, says they never do the background checks, but provides applicants with a questionnaire,” The Daily Mail writes. “Those that applied are then federally background checked by Border Patrol.”
“The groom said at the time they were marrying in the special ceremony because he could not cross the border – but declined to elaborate. He failed to mention his February arrest in which agents say they found 43 pounds of heroin, 47 pounds of methamphetamine and 43 pounds of cocaine in his Volkswagen as he crossed through the San Ysidro Port of Entry.”
“The agents are upset, feel like they were taken advantage of, feel like they were duped,” explained Joshua Wilson, vice president and spokesman for the National Border Patrol Council Local 1613. He told media in San Diego that the Border Patrol inadvertently “provided armed security for a cartel wedding.”
Border Angels has also released a statement: “Border Angels has never done any background checks, as the Border Patrol advised us they will do all background checks and advise us which families have been cleared.”
The Border Patrol did review the files, but found no information about the arrest. After, when the information surfaced, the embarrassment became public.
At the wedding, Reyes told the crowd “For a relationship, this wall does not exist. For love there are no borders.”
There may well be bigger walls in February, when he husband is sentenced.
The happy couple can be seen in the video below.