November 14, 2013
Border Patrol agents will spend the next two years in federal prison
after forcing migrants to eat marijuana and spend the night in the
desert without shoes, socks and coats.
U.S. District Judge Jennifer Zipps sentenced suspended agents Dario
Castillo and Ramon Zuniga to 24 months behind bars Tuesday. The pair
also face three years of supervised release for an incident that
occurred in desert south of Tucson in 2008.
According to evidence presented by federal prosecutors at trial,
Zuniga and Castillo tracked and apprehended a group of illegal
border-crossers carrying large backpacks containing bales of marijuana
on the night of Nov. 12 of that year. While most of the suspects fled,
the agents caught four of the alleged smugglers and searched them.
Zuniga found a small baggie of “personal-use” marijuana on one detainee,
and proceeded to shove it into the suspects’ mouths yelling “comatela,”
which means “eat it” in Spanish.