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.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or firstname.lastname@example.org.