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New trial date set for agent accused of smuggling

New trial date set for agent accused of smuggling

CREATED Dec 24, 2012

Web Producer: Mekita Rivas

PHOENIX (AP) - A federal judge has set a new trial date for a U.S. Border Patrol agent accused of smuggling marijuana earlier this month while on duty in southwestern Arizona.

Aaron Anaya's trial date was moved to March 5 by U.S. District Judge Roslyn Silver.

The 25-year-old Anaya has pleaded not guilty to marijuana importation and other charges.

Authorities say agents conducting aerial surveillance saw Anaya loading marijuana bundles that had been dropped over the border fence from Mexico into his patrol vehicle on Dec. 2 in between Yuma and Wellton, about 185 miles southwest of Phoenix.

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

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