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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  1. HelenHull102951

    But then again I would love to do that to any freaking stinking Mexican.. These are the most worthless speices of humanity!!!

    August 5, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Jose Pérez

      We love you Hellen! You should learn to love people and not be a miserable hater. Not healthy 🙂

      August 5, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • alex

      people like you make this world a bad place

      August 5, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Muddy condom

    @Helen- you chew on the business end of condoms. And now ur breath smells like sh!tt

    August 5, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |

    awesome!!! these guys need to get promoted...

    August 5, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Scuba

      I agree Ruffnutt. If they were simply arrested then they would do a few years in jail before being released back into the public before making 5 anchor babies. I'm glad the border agents were Hispanic, so they couldn't be charged with a hate crime. Of course the drug business is condoned by those in Washington so they have bogeymen to chase.

      August 5, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. raven

    MADE them eat it ? Wonder how much force was needed .

    August 5, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • haley

      pot needs to be heated for the thc to be released. eating the plant itself will make you horribly, violently sick.

      August 5, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ms. Banasy


    August 5, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. NoGr8rH8r

    Who reported this incident? The illegal drug smugglers or the bad cops? It doesn't make sense! Or was there a video of it on Youtube ?

    August 5, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Well......

    I think the illegals were lucky, but taking their clothes was not a good idea; not in the kind of high tempertures during the day that we are experincing. Wonder how the police learned of this? And how far were they from the boarder were they? Why were't the INS agents charged for not doing their job by arresting the illegals? *******************************************

    August 5, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. saywhat

    Hate is self destructive @ Hellen. Better seek help.

    August 5, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. yada

    WOW! I'm not fond of people coming here illegally but Mexicans are human beings. Like ALL cultures...there are the good and the bad. When is mankind going to realize that "predjudice equals ignorance" and produces hate! No single ethnicity has a bigger "right" to be on this planet than any one else. Peace, love and giving are SO much better on ones well-being. It may be a Mexican that comes to your aide some day or donates a kidney, pulls you out of a fire, gives you a hug when you are just never know.

    August 5, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Paco

    HelenHull 102951 should be a jail warden in Mexico. She would be berry good.

    August 5, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Bull Halsey

    Good! They should have executed the drug smugglers.

    August 5, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Ms. Banasy

    Ruffie, wouldn't you say that's a waste of (ahem) good medicinal pot?

    August 5, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |

    yes... they should have made them cook it into brownies first...

    August 5, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ThePhoenix

    Dario Castillo and Ramon Zuniga for President

    August 5, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  15. yada

    OR great big chocolate chip cookies!

    August 5, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
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