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Former U.S. Border Patrol Agent Sentenced to Prison for Agreeing to Smuggle Drugs

A former U.S. Border Patrol agent was sentenced to 20 months in prison Tuesday, after pleading guilty to agreeing to smuggle marijuana into the United States from Mexico, officials said.

The former Border Patrol agent, Alex Pena, pleaded guilty to “conspiracy to import between 60 and 80 kilograms of marijuana, and had resigned from the Border Patrol following his indictment,” said Elizabeth Strange, the First Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Arizona.

Pena admitted that while assigned to the Nogales Border Patrol Station, he conspired to smuggle marijuana into the United States, Strange said.

Read more at the Arizona Republic

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