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Updated Sep 16, 2013 - 4:08 pm

5-year sentence for border agent in smuggling case

PHOENIX — A former U.S. Border Patrol agent who admitted smuggling
marijuana while on duty along the Arizona-Mexico border has been sentenced to
five years in federal prison.

Authorities say investigators conducting aerial surveillance saw then-Agent
Aaron Anaya load marijuana bundles that had been dropped over the border fence
from Mexico into his patrol vehicle on Dec. 2 between Yuma and Wellton.

Anaya pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug
trafficking offense.

Anaya’s lawyer says his client accepts responsibility for his actions and was
seeking the mandatory five-year minimum sentence.

Attorneys on both sides agreed to the term, and the judge issued the sentence
on Monday afternoon.

Court officials say Anaya must also serve five years’ probation upon his
release and pay a $2,000 fine.

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