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U.S. Marshal Accused of Blowing Fed Agent's Cover

December 04, 2012  | 

A deputy U.S. Marshal has been arrested for allegedly disclosing the identity of an undercover agent who had infiltrated a Texas drug trafficking organization, the FBI announced Tuesday.

Deputy U.S. Marshal Lucio Osbaldo Moya, 29, has been charged with being an accessory after the fact and faces 20 years in prison if convicted.

A federal criminal complaint claims Moya revealed the identity of a Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agent to his father and a Starr County drug trafficking organization.

In June 2011, the HSI agent posed as a tractor-trailer driver and agreed to transport 1,800 pounds of marijuana for $50,000 for Francisco Javier Treviňo, 29, and Lauro Arturo Treviňo, Sr., 60. The shipment was eventually seized by agents, but Treviňo, Sr. later contacted the agent regarding the transportation of another load of marijuana.

Trinidad Dominguez, 43, and Juan Norberto Moya, 51, then allegedly asked Treviňo, Sr. to get more information concerning the undercover agent. Treviňo, Sr. asked Treviňo to get a copy of the undercover agent's driver's license. Treviňo, Sr. then got into an SUV and allegedly provided the license to its driver. A record check on the Texas license plate of that SUV showed that its registered owner was a brother of Dominguez.

On Oct. 5, 2011, Deputy U.S. Marshall Moya showed up at work with a copy of the undercover agent's driver's license. He had an analyst obtain a color copy of the license and showed it to another deputy U.S. Marshal, who told him the person was an HSI agent.

Subsequently, Deputy Marshal Moya was interviewed by agents with the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General. He said the license was given to him by his father, Juan Norberto Moya. He said his father got the copy from someone he knew only as "Lauro" and that the reason his father gave it to him was so he could pass it along to another agency in an effort to become a confidential source.

During the meeting, agents allegedly told Deputy Marshal Moya the HSI agent was working undercover conducting drug trafficking investigations, and all agreed to keep the information secret for the safety and well-being of the agent.

Deputy U.S. Marshal Moya left the meeting and allegedly sent a text message to his father indicating that the person depicted in the driver's license was a federal agent.

Comments (5)

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Capt David-retired LA Cou @ 12/7/2012 8:52 AM

If guilty... hang em high.

S.S @ 12/10/2012 11:28 AM


Kyle @ 6/16/2013 12:13 PM

Fuck u cops

Roxanne Avery @ 8/24/2013 10:29 PM

U.S. marshal accused of disclosing identity of undercover agent to his father, convicted drug trafficker was found NOT GUILTY by a jury of 11 women and 1 man. Federal jury deliberated twelve hours before finding Lucio Moya, 30, of Rio Grande City NOT GUILTY on charges of obstruction and accessory after the fact. During closing arguments, Looney told jurors it was Moya who alerted the government to the text messages and only through Moya did they know he told his father about the identity of the agent. “It doesn’t make any sense that he would tell the government about those deleted text messages when his reason for sending them was to brief his father,” Looney said. “Being naive does not mean he’s a crook. It’s frightening the government assumes guilt, never gives a suspect benefit of doubt, and pulls out all the stops to convict an innocent man. We had about two dozen ‘men in black’ lined up to send Lucio to prison for an innocent mistake–the jury saw through that” said Looney.

Ray Vasri @ 8/1/2015 5:55 AM

Great Article. Thanks for the info. Does anyone know where I can find a blank "sr 60 Form" to fill out?

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