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Agents, however, were clueless at the time about Houston’s criminal past although they ran a background check on him. Keep up with this story and more by subscribing now “The agents are upset, feel like they were taken advantage of, feel like they were duped,” Joshua Wilson, vice president of the National Border Patrol Council Local 1613, told the San Diego Union Tribune . “Turns out we provided armed security for a cartel wedding.” Bride Evelia Reyes and groom Brian Houston, living on different sides of the US-Mexico border, stand for a family portrait after getting married during a briefly reunited during the 'Opening the Door of Hope' event at the border fence gate in Playas de Tijuana, Mexico on November 18, 2017. The event was organized by the Border Angels migrant advocacy group, in coordination with the Tijuana city government and the US Border Patrol. GUILLERMO ARIAS/GETTY IMAGES Houston was arrested in February as he crossed through the San Ysidro Port of Entry. Agents say they discovered 43 pounds of heroin, 47 pounds of methamphetamine and 43 pounds of cocaine hidden in his Volkswagen Jetta. He pleaded guilty and will be sentenced on February 23. Houston and his bride-to-be were one of 12 families hand-picked by the Border Patrol to meet at the gate, which opens for about an hour before International Children's Day so loved ones barred from entering either country can reunite briefly under the eye of federal immigration agents. Border Patrol officials selected Houston from dozens of applicants, according to Enrique Morones, whose nonprofit group Border Angels partners with the agency to coordinate the annual event since 2013. “We were shocked to learn this past week of Brian Houston’s very serious criminal situation. That goes against everything Border Angels stands for,” Morones told the Union-Tribune. “Border Angels is a humanitarian group serving immigrants that started decades ago by leaving water and other supplies in the desert for border crossers.” Bride Evelia Reyes (C) and groom Brian Houston (out of frame), living on different sides of the US-Mexico border, speak after getting married during a briefly reunited during the 'Opening the Door of Hope' event at the border fence gate in Playas de Tijuana, Mexico on November 18, 2017. GUILLERMO ARIAS/GETTY IMAGES Border Patrol spokesperson Takae Michael said Houston was “screened through an internal vetting process based on biographical information provided to us” by Morones.
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