Border Patrol Agents Get Prison Sentences for Civil Rights Violations
|Jim Greenhill via Flickr|
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.
-Corrupt Border Patrol Agent Gets 15 Years in Prison
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.