Former Border Patrol agent sentenced for bribery, drug smuggling

Former Border Patrol agent sentenced for bribery, drug smuggling

ARIZONA (Tucson News Now) - The former Border Patrol agent arrested near Tucson in late 2015 last been sentenced on charges of drug trafficking and bribery.

According to federal authorities, 48-year-old Juan Ramon Pimentel was sentenced to 13 years in prison and five years' supervised release.

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Pimentel, who had already pleaded guilty, was pulled over near Tucson by state troopers on Nov. 18, 2015.

Authorities said they found 110 pounds of cocaine, a handgun and Pimentel's Border Patrol badge and credentials in his rental vehicle.

Pimentel told troopers he was being paid $50,000 to transport the cocaine to Chicago.

"Law enforcement officers take an oath to enforce the law, and Mr. Pimentel repeatedly violated that oath by taking bribes and trafficking drugs across the country," said acting U.S. Attorney Elizabeth A. Strange. "Our office will continue to vigorously prosecute any official who crosses the line to engage in criminal acts."

Federal officer said the bribery charges came stem from a February 2015 incident where Pimentel received cash for distributing license plate information he had obtained from a law enforcement database.

Pimentel, of Rio Rico, had been working as a U.S. Border Patrol Agent since 2001, with the Nogales Border Patrol Station.

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