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PHOENIX — A U.S. Border Patrol agent accused of smuggling drugs while on duty has two new attorneys for his case.

Aaron Anaya's motion for substitute counsel was granted Thursday and his scheduled detention and preliminary hearings were reset for Dec. 12. That gives Anaya's new lawyers more time to prepare.

Authorities say Anaya was on patrol Sunday evening when he stopped along the international border, then loaded up several bundles of marijuana that had been dropped over the fence from Mexico.

According to a criminal complaint filed in federal court in Phoenix, Anaya was later arrested with nearly 147 pounds of marijuana in his Border Patrol vehicle.

Anaya is charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and carrying a firearm — his service weapons — while committing the alleged crime.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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