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Former Border Patrol Agent Sentenced For Drug Trafficking, Bribery

A former U.S. Border Patrol agent from Arizona was sentenced last week for drug trafficking and bribery.

Juan Pimentel pleaded guilty to smuggling 50 kilograms of a substance he thought was cocaine from Arizona to Chicago in 2015. He accepted $50,000 in exchange, which was offered by an undercover officer.

At a traffic stop, officers found the substance and Pimentel’s border patrol credentials.

The bribery charges stem from earlier in 2015, when Pimentel took money in exchange for license plate information obtained from a law enforcement database.

The 48-year-old was a border patrol agent in Nogales since 2001. He was sentenced to more than 13 years in prison.

Casey Kuhn reports from KJZZ’s West Valley Bureau. She comes to Phoenix from the Midwest, where she graduated from Indiana University with a degree in journalism.Kuhn got her start in radio reporting in college at the community public radio station, WFHB. She volunteered there as a reporter and worked her way up to host the half-hour, daily news show. After graduating, she became a multimedia reporter at Bloomington's NPR/PBS station WFIU/WTIU, where she reported for and produced a weekly statewide news television show.Since moving to the Southwest, she’s discovered a passion for reporting on rural issues, agriculture and the diverse people who make up her community.Kuhn was born and raised in Cincinnati, where her parents instilled in her a love of baseball, dogs and good German beer. You’ll most likely find her around the Valley with a glass of prosecco in one hand and a graphic novel in the other.She finds the most compelling stories come from KJZZ’s listeners.