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2 suspended border agents get 2 years in prison

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TUCSON, AZ (AP/CBS5) -

Two suspended U.S. Border Patrol agents were each sentenced to two years in prison for their convictions for violating the civil rights of four suspected marijuana smugglers in southern Arizona.

Agents Dario Castillo, 25, of Yuma, and Ramon Zuniga, 31, of San Luis, were convicted April 19 by a federal jury in Tucson.

Authorities said the two agents had forced the suspects to eat marijuana, strip to their underwear and flee into a desert instead of arresting them on Nov. 12, 2008.

Castillo asked another agent for a cigarette lighter and then lit a fire which contained the victims' shoes and clothing, authorities said. 

The two agents were on duty near the village of Pisinimo on the western side of the Tohono O'odham Reservation when they encountered the four suspected marijuana smugglers whose presence in the country wasn't authorized.

The four victims spent the night in the desert and were rescued the next morning by a Tribal Police Officer. 

Castillo and Zuniga were ordered to report to prison by Jan. 14.

Following the completion of their prison sentences, Castillo and Zuniga will serve a three-year term of supervised release. 

Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved.  CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation) contributed to this report.

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