04/06/2011

Border Patrol agent suspected of smuggling pot

Accused of smuggling several bundles of marijuana across the border from Mexico in a marked Border Patrol truck

Associated Press

YUMA, Ariz. — Border Patrol officials in Arizona say an agent working the Yuma sector has been arrested on suspicion of smuggling drugs.

The Yuma Sun reports the unidentified agent is accused of smuggling several bundles of marijuana across the border from Mexico in a marked Border Patrol truck.

The Border Patrol has not released the agent's name or the amount of marijuana found in the truck.

He was arrested Monday and is being held in the Yuma County Adult Detention Center.

The Sun reports the discovery was made by two other Border Patrol agents who were patrolling along the international boundary with Mexico when they encountered the suspect.

The acting chief patrol agent praised what he said was the swift and appropriate actions taken by the arresting agents.

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