Crossing the line: Corruption at the border

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Aaron Anaya

Age: 25
Occupation: Border Patrol
Gender: Male
Years of service: 1-5 years
Duty station: Yuma, AZ
Case date: 12-2-2012
Crime: Suspicion of drug trafficking
Sentence: Sentencing hearing set for Sept. 16, 2013
Border Patrol Agent Aaron Anaya was arrested Dec. 2, 2012, on suspicion of drug-trafficking offenses. Earlier that day, federal agents conducting surveillance in the desert region between the Arizona towns of Yuma and Wellton allegedly saw Anaya, while on duty patrolling the border, stop his Border Patrol vehicle along the fence that separates the United States and Mexico, according to court records. The agents then saw three people approach the boundary line. One of the three climbed the fence and helped pass bales over the fence into the United States. Anaya got out of his vehicle and loaded the bales into the back of it, records say. The person who had climbed the fence returned to Mexico, and the three people departed. Anaya did not inform other agents that he had taken possession of the bales or had contact with people from Mexico. Anaya was arrested several hours later. Agents found a total of six bales of marijuana weighing nearly 150 pounds. After agents read Anaya his rights early the next morning, he said, “You guys got me on video.” A jury trial is scheduled for March 2013. UPDATE: Anaya pleaded guilty in April 2013 as part of a plea agreement. Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 16, 2013.
News reports

Border Patrol agent arrested in smuggling probe (The Associated Press, Dec. 4, 2012)

Documents

Anaya response to government detention brief (U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, Dec. 18, 2012)

Anaya government detention brief (U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, Dec. 17, 2012)

Anaya complaint (U.S. District Court, Arizona, Dec. 3, 2012)