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Arizona Border Patrol Agent Accused Of Dropping Off Money, Picking Up Drugs While On-Duty

The FBI said an Arizona Border Patrol agent handed hundreds of thousands of dollars over to drug traffickers and picked up cocaine while on the job in a remote part of Southern Arizona. The 32-year-old Vail resident resigned in September, after facing a separate weapons charge.

In a federal criminal complaint cited by the Arizona Daily Star, an FBI agent said Ramon Antonio Monreal Rodriguez gave $650,000 to traffickers and picked up 90 pounds of cocaine from smugglers.

The FBI agent wrote that Monreal’s payment was 6 pounds of narcotics and $66,000. The Daily Star reported that Monreal is a 10-year veteran of the agency who left his job after a federal grand jury indictment alleged he hired two men to help him illegally buy firearms in Tucson.

Prosecutors allege that Monreal tried to arrange assaults on his ex-girlfriend and a corrections officer she was dating, also reported by The Daily Star.

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Stina Sieg was a senior field correspondent at KJZZ from 2013 to 2018.