PHOENIX - A U.S. Border Patrol agent accused of smuggling marijuana while on duty in southwestern Arizona is expected to change his plea Wednesday in federal court.
Agent Aaron Anaya had previously pleaded not guilty to marijuana importation and other charges.
Authorities say agents conducting aerial surveillance saw Anaya loading marijuana bundles that had been dropped over the border fence from Mexico into his patrol vehicle on Dec. 2 in between Yuma and Wellton, about 185 miles southwest of Phoenix.
Investigators say agents tracked Anaya for several hours as he appeared to return to normal duties and found nearly 147 pounds of marijuana in the vehicle.
The Border Patrol says Anaya is still employed with the agency but is on indefinite suspension without pay.