Brownsville Officer Charged with Human Smuggling Still on Payroll

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BROWNSVILLE – Charged with human smuggling, a Brownsville police officer continues to be paid by the city.

She’s pleading not guilty to the crime.

Valerie Rivas is accused of participating in smuggling her long-time boyfriend into the U.S.

He and several others went around the Sarita checkpoint by going through South Padre Island, Port Mansfield and up the North Padre Island shoreline.

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