Tucson jury: Border agents violated smugglers’ civil rights

2013-04-19T15:51:00Z 2013-04-19T16:36:48Z Tucson jury: Border agents violated smugglers’ civil rightsPerla Trevizo Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Two Border Patrol agents were found guilty of violating the civil rights of four drug smugglers in 2008.

After deliberating for most of the morning, the jury found Dario Castillo and Ramon Zuniga guilty of telling four Mexican men to remove their shoes, socks and sweaters, making them eat marijuana and telling them to flee into the desert on Nov. 12, 2008.

But the jury didn’t find them guilty of the conspiracy charge.

Castillo was also found guilty of using fire to burn the smugglers belongings, which makes it a felony.

He faced an additional charge of tampering with a witness, but he was found not guilty.

They remain free until the sentencing July 1.

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