Posted on January 26, 2006

Border Patrol Agent is Indicted

Alexis Huicochea, Arizona Daily Star (Phoenix), Jan. 26, 2006

A Border Patrol agent who authorities said was caught on videotape taking marijuana from a smuggler’s truck was indicted by a federal grand jury.

Michael Carlos Gonzalez of Vail will be arraigned this morning in Tucson on drug charges stemming from the December incident near Sonoita.

Gonzalez was indicted earlier this month on charges of possession with intent to distribute marijuana and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime.

It all began Dec. 6, when Arizona Department of Public Safety K-9 Officer Keith Duckett pulled the truck over on Arizona 83, documents show.

The driver and the passenger ran into the desert, abandoning the pickup, which had several bundles of marijuana in the bed, a criminal complaint said.

While Duckett was chasing the two people, Gonzalez, 33, arrived in uniform, including his firearm, driving a marked Border Patrol vehicle, according to the complaint.

A videotape taken by a camera in Duckett’s patrol car shows Gonzalez taking a bundle of marijuana, weighing about 23 pounds, from the truck and placing it in his marked vehicle, the complaint said.