Former Border Patrol Agent Indicted

Published: Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - 2:33pm

A former Border Patrol agent who was accused last summer in a drug trafficking conspiracy in southern Arizona has now been charged in a host of other crimes related to his work securing the U.S.-Mexico border.

Carlos Passapera Pinott was a veteran Border Patrol agent of 10 years. Federal investigators said they found him running hundreds of thousands of fentanyl pills from the border region up to Phoenix. Now a grand jury says he also smuggled people. In fact, the indictment accuses him of using his agency vehicle to smuggle undocumented migrants past other Border Patrol agents up to the Phoenix area. 

The grand jury demanded he surrender about $700,000 cash, a diamond ring, a car and property in Navajo County it said came from bribes and smuggling proceeds. He’s accused of trafficking for more than a year before he was caught. He resigned from his job days after his arrest. 

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