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Did a Border Patrol agent aid a Mexican cartel decapitation?

Did a Border Patrol agent aid a Mexican cartel decapitation?

A Border Patrol agent in south Texas faces murder charges in connection with what authorities say was a Mexican cartel killing that left a decapitated body floating off the coast of South Padre Island this year.

Border Patrol Agent Joel Luna, 30, was assigned to the Hebbronville station, about 165 miles northwest of the island, and had worked for the agency six years. He was placed on administrative leave after his arrest last week, officials said.

Luna is charged with capital murder, possession of a controlled substance, engaging in organized criminal activity and tampering with evidence in the death of Jose Francisco Rodriguez Palacios Paz, 33, a Honduran...

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