Border Agent Accused of Letting Drugs Pass

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A 21-year veteran of the Border Patrol has been arrested on charges that he accepted bribes to allow drugs through a border checkpoint.

An FBI spokeswoman says Arturo Arzate Junior was arrested Friday on charges of bribery, conspiracy and knowingly distributing a controlled substance.

Federal investigators accuse the 47-year-old of accepting payments to allow cocaine and marijuana through a checkpoint where he was stationed in El Paso County, according to a criminal complaint.

He allegedly accepted 16-thousand dollars in bribery payments during an investigation that began last fall.

A Border Patrol spokesman says Arzate has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the case.