BP Agent arrested in Laguna Madre decapitation case

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UPDATE: Border Patrol Agent Joel Luna was arraigned today in connection to the murder and decapitation of the body that washed up on the Laguna Madre back in March.

The Texas Rangers Developed further information that corroborated that the murder was associated with the Gulf Cartel.

The murder happened back in march when officials found victim Jose Francisco Palacios Paz decapitated body.

Officials say two of the four arrested back in June regarding this murder case are related to Luna.

Officials got a search warrant and found a black safe in Luna’s mother in law’s home.

Inside the safe they found one kilo of cocaine, seventeen grams of meth, pistols, bundles of cash, and Luna’s Border Patrol badge.

Joel Luna will be formerly charged today with capital murder.

He also faces possession of a controlled substance and in organized criminal activity.

Luna was working as a Border Patrol Agent for over six years.

When that happened it’s a black eye to the agency.

Luna is being held without bond and officials say are still investigating this case.

The Cameron County Sheriff’s Department has confirmed the involvement of a Border Patrol agent in the death and decapitation of a man’s body that was found in the Laguna Madre back in March 2015.

Joel Luna has been arrested in connection with the death of Jose Francisco Palacios Paz.

Four men had already been arrested in connection with this case. They were co-workers of Palacios, two of whom are now believed to be brothers of Luna.

Watch News Center 23 tonight at 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. for the latest details.

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