Arizona

Aug 23, 2013 12:34 PM by Associated press

Sentencing date set for 2 suspended border agents

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A Nov. 12 sentencing date has been set for two suspended U.S. Border Patrol agents who were convicted of violating the civil rights of four suspected marijuana smugglers in southern Arizona.

Agents Dario Castillo and Ramon Zuniga were convicted by a jury in April.

Authorities say the two agents had forced the suspects to eat marijuana, strip to their underwear and flee into a desert instead of arresting them on Nov. 12, 2008.

The two agents were on duty near the village of Pisinimo on the western side of the Tohono O'odham Reservation when they encountered the four suspected marijuana smugglers whose presence in the country wasn't authorized.

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