August 5th, 2011
08:56 AM ET

Border agents accused of making drug smugglers eat marijuana

Two Border Patrol agents in Arizona are accused of forcing suspected drug smugglers to eat marijuana and strip down to their underwear before being told to flee into the desert.

A federal grand jury in Tucson indicted Dario Castillo, 23, and Ramon Zuniga, 29, with five counts of civil rights violations. Castillo faces an additional charge of tampering with a witness.

The indictment alleges that on November 12 of 2008, the two border agents forced four suspected drug smugglers from Mexico - who were in the country illegally and carrying marijuana - to eat the drug and remove their all their clothes except their underwear, the Arizona U.S. Attorney's office said.

Instead of arresting them, the agents burned their personal belongings and ordered them to flee into the desert in 40-degree weather, the office said.

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Filed under: Crime • Drugs • Marijuana • U.S.
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  1. fernace

    How can illegal aliens who are committing a crime, qualify for American civil rights? I'd like to hear a logical answer to that from an American judge! Makes no sense to me! Ps. To the Joooooish guy, it's yarmulke not yamaha which is a motorcycle! Just in case you wanna try to "pass" again! Lol!!

    August 5, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ms. Banasy

    I thought the exact same thing, but was feeling too lacksadaisial to call him out on it. Thanks!

    August 5, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. mylifemyway

    Wow Helen! I mean WOW! Please don't reproduce. If you already have then I feel sorry for your kids.

    August 5, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Proud Liberal

    Dario Castillo & Ramon Zuniga are absolutely racists and should be brought up on hate crimes immediately.

    August 5, 2011 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ET Extra THC

    Making a tea out of your regular run of the mill marijuana provided a much better high with less harmful side effects as smoking. Less waste too, because you're not losing half the THC to the air from exhaling or the weed burning. I was high all day from one mug of that stuff. Just mix a little honey, lemon and a dash of oil (to bind to the THC) yum. I never ate so many PBnJ sandwiches..

    August 5, 2011 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. U.S.Army-OverLord

    I don't know sounds like justice to me... LOL If you get caught bringing dope to the U.S. you get stripped down to your shorts and must find your own way back. Hell give those guys a promotion.

    August 5, 2011 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Confucius

    @Overlord: Your egocentric name negates any logic you might have had in your post, besides everyone knows the real men are Marines.

    August 6, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
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