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ASU Annual Crime Report Reveals Trends on Campus

Arizona State University's (ASU) annual crime report for the 2012 calendar year is out. This report is published annually and provides crime statistics for the previous three-year period, Arizona's KTVK-TV reports.

What important findings came out of this year's report? Here's a general overview of some numbers from 2012:

U.S. Border Patrol Agents say that drug smugglers used a pneumatic-powered cannon to fire canisters filled with marijuana across the border, AZfamily.com reports. What will they think of next?

Border agents received a report of suspicious containers showing up in a field near San Luis, Arizona. When they searched the area, they found 33 cans containing a total of 85 pounds of pot. So far, no arrests have been made in the case.

It's unclear just what Demarco Alonzo Thomas thought the police could do for him. Thomas allegedly agreed to transport drug money from North Carolina to Tucson for a cartel, the Arizona Daily Star reports.

He called police last month after he lost $20,000 of the drug money and was threatened by the cartel. But officers found the missing $20,000 stashed in Thomas' suitcase and wallet. The money was confiscated and Thomas was arrested on suspicion of money laundering and racketeering.

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.

Pastor Mark Derksen has been accused of selling drugs out of his Fountain Hills apartment, The Arizona Republic reports.

Maricopa County Sheriff's deputies arrested Derkson on Wednesday, claiming the pastor sold heroin, meth, and prescription drugs. When questioned, Derksen told authorities that he sold drugs in order to bring people "closer to God," according to the MCSO.

U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was killed in 2010 during a firefight with an alleged rip-off crew near Nogales. Two rifles being monitored by the government as part of its "Fast and Furious" operation were found at the crime scene.

Manuel Osorio-Arellanes and four other Mexican nationals have been charged in Agent Terry's killing. However, three of the four are still fugitives.

On Tuesday, Osoroio-Arellanes entered into a plea agreement with prosecutors, pleading guilty to first-degree murder, The Associated Press reports.

An overnight gun battle at the border left a federal agent dead early Tuesday, The Arizona Republic reports.

Border Patrol agent Nicholas Ivie was shot and killed while responding to an alarm triggered at the border near Naco. Authorities haven't yet apprehended Ivie's killers, but they're believed to be drug smugglers.

Maricopa County sheriff's detectives got lucky. While conducting surveillance of an East Valley hotel for alleged drug trafficking, detectives busted a large-scale prostitution ring that was previously unknown to them, AZfamily.com reports.

In all, 51 arrests were made for prostitution, drug possession, identity theft, attempted murder, and other crimes. The officers also seized $20,000 in cash and around 65 pounds of pot.

If you're transporting a lot of marijuana, you should probably make sure your papers are in order. On Monday, a routine traffic stop near Eloy uncovered meth, pills, and 170 pounds of pot, AZfamily.com reports.

It was all because the registered owner of the vehicle didn't have a valid driver's license. Now driver Herman Hawkins and his passenger, Cheryl Lutz, are facing a wide range of drug-related charges, including possession of marijuana for sale and transportation of a dangerous drug.

The synthetic drug known as bath salts has struck again. Fortunately, there was no cannibalism this time, just some good old-fashioned streaking.

Tempe police have arrested a 23-year-old man who reportedly stripped off his clothes and ran through a Tempe neighborhood after consuming the drug, AZFamily.com reports. Sean-Paul Branscome has been charged with two counts of trespassing onto a residential yard.