Border Patrol agent charged with accepting a bribe

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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- A southern Arizona-based Border Patrol agent has been charged with conspiracy to accept a bribe. The U.S. Attorney's Office says a federal grand jury charged 26-year-old Agent Abel Canales of Tucson with accepting payment in returning for allowing a U-Haul packed with drugs to pass through a southern Arizona checkpoint on Oct. 30, 2008.

Prosecutors allege that Canales knew the load was coming through the checkpoint. Later, prosecutors allege that Canales accepted an envelope containing cash during a meeting with co-conspirators in Nogales.

Canales is scheduled to be arraigned Nov 10. A conviction could carry between 5 and 15 years and a fine of $250,000 for each offense.

It could not be immediately determined if Canales has legal counsel.