USDA Animal Health Technician Indicted for Accepting Bribes to Allow Diseased Cattle to Enter the United States Without Inspection or Quarantine

According to the Houston Chronicle, U.S. Department of Agriculture Lead Animal Health Technician Roberto Adams has been indicted for felony bribery in connection with his alleged acceptance of bribes from March 2019 through November 2021 to allow tick-infested and diseased cattle to enter the United States from Mexico. Adams was arrested in Laredo, Texas, and is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas. He faces a maximum sentence of fifteen years in federal prison and $250,000 in criminal penalties. A copy of his indictment has not been posted publicly.