Border agent in smuggling case set for sentencing
PHOENIX (AP) - A former U.S. Border Patrol agent who admitted smuggling marijuana while on duty along the Arizona-Mexico border is set for sentencing.
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 is seeking the mandatory five-year minimum sentence.
Attorneys on both sides agreed to the term, but the ultimate decision is up to a federal judge.
Sentencing is set for Monday afternoon in Phoenix.
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