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PHOENIX -- A U.S. Border Patrol agent who admitted smuggling marijuana while on duty along the Arizona-Mexico border is asking a judge to sentence him to the mandatory five-year minimum sentence.

The possible punishment for Agent Aaron Anaya, 25, ranges from five years to life in prison for his guilty plea to possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense.

Anaya's lawyer said his client accepted responsibility for his actions.

Authorities said investigators conducting aerial surveillance saw Anaya load marijuana bundles that had been dropped over the border fence from Mexico into his patrol vehicle on Dec. 2 in between Yuma and Wellton.

Attorneys on both sides agreed to a five-year sentence, but the punishment decision is up to U.S. District Judge Roslyn Silver.

Sentencing is set for June 24.

Associated Press,

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