Two Mexican federal agents were deported Tuesday, one week after entering pleas on drug charges in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
Immigration agents handed Carlos Cedano-Filippini, 35, and Victor Manuel Juarez-Cruz, 35, over to Mexican authorities at the San Ysidro border crossing Tuesday morning, "amid extraordinarily tight security," according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The men, both part of Mexico's Federal Agency of Investigations, were arrested in July at a West Covina house in connection with an ongoing narcotics investigation. More than $600,000 in what was believed to be drug proceeds was recovered from the house.
Cedano-Filippini pleaded no contest April 1 to a misdemeanor count of accessory to a felony, and Juarez-Cruz pleaded no contest to possession of more than $100,000 in narcotic proceeds.
They were sentenced to time already served in County Jail. Representatives of the Mexican attorney general's office were waiting for the men at the border Tuesday morning.
-- Anna Gorman