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Groom in rare cross-border wedding is a drug smuggler

In this Nov. 18, 2017, photo, Brian Houston, of Rancho San Diego, center left, and Evelia Reyes, right, of Tijuana, Mexico, look at each other in their wedding at the "Door of Hope," part of the border fence between the U.S. and Mexico. A U.S. citize citizen, forbidden to enter Mexico , wed the love of his life in a brief moment when the gate separating the two countries was opened. Now a newspaper says the groom is a convicted drug smuggler and border agents are furious that he passed a federal background check and was approved for the "Door of Hope" event last month. "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." On Nov. 18, Brian Houston of San Diego and Evelia Reyes of Mexico signed official Tijuana documents making them husband and wife and then embraced between the doors of a steel border gate that is opened for only an hour or so every year. It was the first wedding at Border Field State Park during the "Door of Hope" event, which permits people who cannot cross the border to meet for about three minutes each. "It's a statement that love has no borders," Houston told the Union-Tribune at the time. Those allowed to take part in the event were supposedly carefully screened. But it appears the federal background check didn't turn up the news that Houston is awaiting sentencing after he pleaded guilty to drug smuggling in May in San Diego federal court. Houston was arrested in February while crossing into the U.S.

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