Yuma sector border patrol agent indicted on drug charges

Yuma sector border patrol agent indicted on drug charges

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Phoenix--A Yuma sector border patrol agent is indicted on charges of smuggling marijuana.

25-year old Aaron Anaya is currently in jail awaiting trial.

Anaya is accused of smuggling marijuana earlier this month while on duty.

U.S. Magistrate judge Michelle Burns ruled today that Anaya was at serious risk to flee from authorities and granted prosecutors' request to keep him in jail.

Authorities said agents conducting aerial surveillance saw Anaya loading marijuana bundles that had been dropped over the border fence from Mexico into his patrol truck.

It happened in the area between Yuma and Wellton.

Investigators said agents tracked Anaya for several hours as he appeared to return to normal duties and found nearly 147 pounds of marijuana in the vehicle.

Anaya pleaded not guilty to marijuana importation and other charges.

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