Border Patrol Agents Get Prison Sentences for Civil Rights Violations

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Two Border Patrol agents received prison sentences for violating the civil rights of men they found trying to smuggle marijuana in southern Arizona five years ago.

Agents Dario Castillo, 25, of Yuma, and Ramon Zuniga, age 31, of San Luis, were each sentenced to two years in prison, plus three years of supervision after they're released.

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According to federal prosecutors, Zuniga and Castillo were tracking border-crossers five years ago today.

That night, Zuniga and Castillo and two other agents spotted a group of men carrying backpacks full of marijuana, and although most of them ran, the agents were able to catch four of them.

Zuniga, who had found a smaller bag of weed in one man's pocket, started shoving pot in the men's mouths, yelling at them to "cometela," or "eat it."

Zuniga and Castillo then ordered the men to take off their shoes, socks, jackets, and extra shirts. Castillo proceeded to light their shoes and clothing on fire, and the agents turned the backpackers loose, into the cold night.

The four men spent the night out in the desert but luckily were discovered by a tribal police officer the next day.


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stopabuseofpower
stopabuseofpower

put a uniform on someone, a gavel in their hand , a badge on their uniform and what do you get?

abuse of power. glad to hear they were caught and pay the price hope this sends a message to the rest who think they dish out the punishment.

shame on them , maybe something will get shoved in their mouths in prison

Jon Crowley
Jon Crowley

What they did was undoubtedly wrong, but folks obviously neglect to acknowledge why they're there in the first place.

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

Someone needs to make sure the inmates know who they are and what they did. Justice will be served then.

Jeremy Paul
Jeremy Paul

I assume the drug smugglers were returned to Mexico.

enigma9000aa
enigma9000aa

Arpaio and his ilk have a strange leaning to sexual sadism, putting males in pink undies, feeding them green bologna diet, tent cities, denying them medical care, mysterious deaths under his command, homosexual commanders under his command, all makes one wonder what is their deep dark demons! Arpaio is often called the toughest law man in America, another fellow in a bygone era had that name J Edgar Hoover, but in his closet he liked men, dressed in ladies attire, one can wonder is all this bravado a way to hide their inner demons?

enigma9000aa
enigma9000aa

Sadists are like pedophiles and often come in same body, look at the Chris Simcox fellow alleged Minute man hero turns out he is a pedophile, who hates non-whites, wonder if he did anything such as this on his many patrols in the desert, or the late Neo-Nazi and his comrades in arms JT Ready? One has to wonder sadists seek their victims from the weak, unprotected much as the pedophile does children both seek employment and access to their victims!

enigma9000aa
enigma9000aa

I have often wondered how many of these bodies in desert were victims of just such behavior, imagine how easy it is to let nature do your evil for you, dying of thirst takes about 3 days, and no finger prints of the culprits had these 4 men died, they might have just been chalked up to the many who died in desert of dehydration! One has to wonder how many more bad actors are hiding in them uniforms, hiding their sadism?

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

'Course now, Joe's thugs will never be charged criminally for similar shit they pull all the time.

1959cutter
1959cutter

an agent told me that you have no rights in a CBP "investigation".and they are not liable for damage!

_McShyster_
_McShyster_

These scumbag fascist pigs deserve to ROT in Prison, then be deported.

StopTheHating
StopTheHating

Does this mean we can prosecute the CBP agents who shoot unarmed Mexicans on the other side of the border?

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

wow.. such professionalism in the Border Patrol

Yes I know this is not reflective of ALL CBP officers, however this IS what happens when you dump a lot of money into an organization, in a knee jerk fear response, with little or no oversight and rush a hiring/training process.

This is also what happens when you have a state full of redneck retards (Teabagger Republicans) who think it's ok to do this type of thing to another human being.

The sentence these 2 got was way too light.

I would not be surprised if MCSO found some way to hire these two rejects once they are out of jail.


jester.jackson
jester.jackson

@Jon Crowley Right like the woman who got raped has to acknowledge that her skirt was too short or she gave off the 'wrong signals'.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

I wish that would happen to Arpaio Cozz.

Throw Arpaio's ass in jail. Tell the inmates who he is and what he did....

DNichols
DNichols

@Jeremy Paul:

Are you refering to the Border Agents that were "Smuggling Drugs" by the U.S. Border Patrol TRUCK LOADS?!!

WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

@Jeremy Paul 

95% of the people in AZ live within 25 miles of where pot can legally be bought.  It's time to just legalize it, as THAT will stop the folks smuggling it in to the US.  It will cut a major money source for the cartels at the same time.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@1959cutter

According to the law (the bullshit law) that was passed a while back, in general LEO's are not liable for a lot of things they do. The thought was that if they were liable personally, they would not be willing to do anything in enforcing the law, due to the liability risks.

i.e. a job that used to be about honor and integrity got turned into 'just a paycheck'.

Was he right when he said you have no rights, NO. 

The problem though is that the only thing other than honor and integrity preventing people from abusing someone else under the color of law (and in general TBH) is repercussions for your actions, i.e. liability.

Take that away and while you still have rights, they don't matter anymore since there are no repercussions for your actions, under the shield laws that were passed for LEO's.

Unfortunately the last 10 years have shown without a doubt that the majority of the human race, at least in the US and specifically AZ, don't have any honor/morals, no matter their claim to the opposite.


eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

@StopTheHating Aside from having created an international incident, probably not. Only maybe. If the Mexis are only throwing rocks, get the hell out of the way.

yourproductsucks2
yourproductsucks2 topcommenter

these agents worked for Obama and napolitano when they committed these heinous crimes... fyi

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

@MaskedMagician1967  

Thats why the asshole would never go to jail, he wouldn't last 60 seconds without his Goon Squad protecting his chickenshit ass.

America's Toughest Shuuurriff,...LOL...More like America's biggest pussy.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@MaskedMagician1967 

I can't wait.. shortly Robert will be in jail for his threats and I am sure that somehow, the general population will be made aware of how he kisses Arpaio's ass day in and day out... 

I bet they will really like JAFfy then................... :)

enigma9000aa
enigma9000aa

@yourproductsucks2 

Guess facts and truth hurt some folks self image, but its a fact two of Arpaio's commanders were exposed via emails as being in a homosexual love affair, its a fact J Edgar Hoover was gay and a cross dresser, if it upsets your apple cart to bad! Personally I do not care if your gay or what ever but using ones "position of authority and abusing it" does bother me!

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

@Flyer9753 @1959cutter Yes. That Tempe cop who shot dead the guy who was flailing around with a box cutter may never work in law enforcement again, but it is highly unlikely that he will receive any real punishment for his "mistaken" judgment.

squash
squash

@yourproductsucks2 You are wrong. The agents did NOT work for Obama when the crimes were committed. According to the article, the crimes were committed five years ago yesterday, which would make the exact date of the offense(s) 11/12/08. Obama didn't assume office until January 20th, 2009.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@yourproductsucks2 

True..

in a department that has been out of control ever since 9/11 and the Homeland Security bullshit buildup with lowered hiring standards and lowered training standards...which happened under Bush/Cheney and continued under Obama.

Your half truth there is just that, half the truth

enigma9000aa
enigma9000aa

@logicman @enigma9000aa @yourproductsucks2 

You remind me of the old corny saying about opinions we all have one like that unmentionable part of our anatomy, we all think everyone else's stinks but our own!:-) Truly I do not care what you think, my day goes on whether you like what I post or not bubba!:-)

1959cutter
1959cutter

@Flyer9753 @eric.nelson745 @1959cutter CAC had a police training academy that a student shot an instructor in the head and killed him and still graduated with a certificate!..............but then again we elected andy dick for sheriff in penile county

squash
squash

@yourproductsucks2 and Napolitano didn't assume the office of Secretary of Homeland Security until January 21, 2009. You're 0 for 2, Yips.

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