A Border Patrol agent was allegedly caught smuggling about 147 pounds of marijuana into the United States on Sunday.
According to a federal complaint, Agent Aaron Anaya didn't have much more to say than the fact he believes he's "fucked."
The FBI's "Southwest Border Corruption Task Force" was patrolling the border between the cities of Yuma and Wellton around 7:30 p.m. Sunday when agents saw three people on the Mexico side of the border climb the fence, and passed "large bales" over the fence, onto the U.S. side.
According to the complaint, the recipient of those bales was someone driving a United States Border Patrol vehicle, who placed the packages in the back of that vehicle.
The complaint notes that none of the three people handing off the weed from the Mexico side ever stepped onto U.S. soil.
The agents kept an eye on the Border Patrol vehicle for a few hours, and also monitored the Border Patrol's radio frequency -- in which there was no mention of any large bales being picked up.
Just shy of 11 p.m., the agents detained the driver of that Border Patrol vehicle -- Agent Anaya -- and searched through his vehicle. Sure enough, the complaint says this says there were six cellophane-wrapped bales full of a "green leafy substance" that sure seems to be marijuana.
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The total haul was 146.9 pounds, according to the complaint.
Agents asked Anaya if he would be willing to speak to them without an attorney present, and Anaya's only comment was, "I'm fucked, you guys got me on video."
Anaya faces charges of marijuana possession with an intent to distribute, as well as possessing firearms -- albeit his Border Patrol-issued firearms -- during this alleged offense.