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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 17, 2020

Senior federal agent charged with violating civil rights

McALLEN, Texas – A 44-year-old Border Patrol (BP) supervisor is set to appear in federal court on allegations she deprived several constitutional rights of a La Joya woman, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.

Adriana Gandarilla is expected to make her initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge J. Scott Hacker Friday, Sept. 18.

She is a Senior BP agent with 19 years of experience.

On May 6, 2018, a La Joya woman began recording law enforcement activities taking place at her residence, according to the charges. At that time, Gandarilla allegedly commanded the woman to stop recording with her cell phone.

According to the allegations, Gandarilla physically forced the woman to delete the recording by grabbing her by her neck and arms. Gandarilla allegedly pushed her against the front outside wall of the woman’s residence.

If convicted of the civil rights charge, Gandarilla faces up to one year in federal prison and a possible $100,000 maximum fine.  

Customs and Border Protection - Office of Professional Responsibility conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sebastian Edwards is prosecuting the case.

A criminal information is a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence. A defendant is presumed innocent unless convicted through due process of law.

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Civil Rights
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Updated September 17, 2020