LAREDO, Texas - A Laredo man admitted to accepting bribes while employed as a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) lead animal health technician, according U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery.

Roberto Adams, 68, allegedly inspected cattle crossing to the United States to determine if they met the necessary health requirements to enter the country. Mexican cattle brokers paid Adams to allow cattle into the country without proper inspection, over the course of at least 14 months.

Adams pleaded guilty to accepting over $40,000 in bribery payments, according to Lowery.

U.S. District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo will impose sentencing Aug. 3. Adams faces up to 15 years in prison and a possible $250,000 maximum fine.