U.S. Border Patrol Agent Arrested For Alleged On-Duty Drug Smuggling
A border agent was seen accepting bundles of marijuana from a suspected Mexican smuggler at a border fence in Arizona.
Aaron Anaya, 25, was taken into custody early on Monday by federal agents who seized 147 pounds (66.6 kg) of marijuana inside three duffle bags from his border patrol vehicle, authorities said in a criminal complaint in U.S. District Court in Phoenix.
Anaya, a U.S. Border Patrol agent since 2010, was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and firearm possession during a drug trafficking offense, according to the criminal complaint. Anaya had his service weapon with him at the time…
According to a probable cause statement filed with the complaint, agents say they watched as Anaya stopped his patrol vehicle along the border and picked up bales of marijuana tossed over the fence into Arizona from a man on Mexican side.
Anaya was then seen by the agents placing the load into his vehicle before he continued patrolling, the probable cause document said.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security reports that 129 agents were arrested on corruption charges from 2003 to 2009.