A U.S. Border Patrol agent has been accused of doing what he's paid to prevent. According to authorities, Agent Aaron Anaya stopped near the border Sunday evening and picked up about 147 pounds of marijuana.
The agent then continued on with his day before being busted by a federal drug task force. Anaya has been charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and carrying a firearm while committing a crime, The Associated Press reports.
He also had some choice words upon being arrested.
Agents with the Southwest Border Corruption Task Force had been conducting aerial surveillance in the area about 185 miles southwest of Phoenix when they reportedly spotted Anaya stop near the border and pick up three large duffle bags. Anaya then returned to his normal patrol duties for the next few hours.
Eventually the agents stopped Anaya and found 147 pounds of pot in the duffle bags. When asked if he was willing to speak with investigators, Anaya reportedly said, "I'm f---ed. You guys got me on video," before asking for an attorney.
He's now facing serious federal drug charges. Under federal law, possession of 100 or more marijuana plants, regardless of weight, with the intent to distribute is punishable by anywhere from 5 to 40 years in prison. Since he was carrying his service weapon at the time of the pick-up, Anaya has also been charged with carrying a firearm while committing a crime.
Yuma Sector Chief Border Agent Stephen S. Martin says the agency is now working with federal investigators. "While I am sorely disappointed by the alleged conduct of one of our own, I appreciate the efforts by our law enforcement partners and our own agents to uncover those that violate their oath of office, and hold them accountable for their actions," Martin said in a statement.
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