DPS: Border agent had 110 pounds of cocaine in car
Posted:Nov 23 2015 02:55PM MST
Updated:Nov 23 2015 02:55PM MST
PHOENIX (AP) -- A U.S. Border Patrol agent in Arizona has been arrested and charged after authorities said state troopers found 110 pounds of cocaine in his car.
A criminal complaint filed in federal court shows Arizona Department of Public Safety troopers pulled over 47-year-old agent Juan Pimentel on Nov. 18 near Marana, just north of Tucson.
The complaint says Pimentel was driving a rental car with about 110 pounds of cocaine. The document says he initially told a state trooper the drugs weren't his but later said he was going to be paid $50,000 to transport them to Chicago.
Pimentel has been charged with possession with intent to distribute. He remains detained in Arizona.
His attorney, Eric Manch, says Pimentel hasn't filed a plea but is entitled to a presumption of innocence until proven guilty.