Crossing the line: Corruption at the border

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Abel Canales

Age: 29
Occupation: Border Patrol
Gender: Male
Years of service: 6-10 years
Duty station: Nogales, AZ
Case date: 10-27-2011
Crime: Bribery
Sentence: 8 months in prison with credit for time served/24 months of supervised release and $8,000 in restitution plus a $100 special assessment
Border Patrol Agent Abel Canales was indicted by a federal grand jury in October 2011 on charges of conspiracy to accept a bribe and acceptance of a bribe. According to a press release from the U.S. attorney's office in Arizona, Canales allegedly accepted a bribe of $8,000 on Oct. 30, 2008, to allow a U-Haul that he believed contained either drugs or undocumented immigrants to pass through an I-19 checkpoint in Arizona. Canales pleaded guilty Aug. 20, 2012, to one count of bribery. In a plea agreement, Canales admitted to accepting a bribe. Canales was sentenced Jan. 15, 2013, to eight months in prison with credit for time served, 24 months of supervised release and $8,000 in restitution plus a $100 special assessment.
News reports

Flurry of misconduct cases hits Border Patrol (Center for Investigative Reporting, Aug. 27, 2012)

Agent charged with corruption now at center of civil suit over shooting (Nogales International, March 30, 2012)

US agent indicted, accused of letting 'drug load' through (Arizona Daily Star, Oct. 31, 2011)

Border Patrol Agent Indicted for Accepting a Bribe (FBI Phoenix, Oct. 31, 2011)


Canales sentencing memo (U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, Jan. 11, 2013)

Canales plea agreement (U.S. District Court, Arizona, Aug. 20, 2012)

Abel Canales Indictment (U.S. District Court, Arizona, Oct. 27, 2011)