- - Wednesday, April 6, 2011

ARIZONA

Border Patrol agent suspected of smuggling pot

YUMA | Border Patrol officials say an agent working the Yuma sector has been arrested on suspicion of smuggling drugs.

The Yuma Sun reported that the unidentified agent is accused of smuggling several bundles of marijuana across the border from Mexico in a marked Border Patrol truck.

The Border Patrol has not released the agent’s name or the amount of marijuana found in the truck.

He was arrested Monday and is being held in the Yuma County Adult Detention Center.

The Sun reported that the discovery was made by two other Border Patrol agents who were patrolling along the international boundary with Mexico when they encountered the suspect.

The acting chief patrol agent praised what he said was the swift and appropriate actions taken by the arresting agents.

COLORADO

Misbehaving boy, 8, pepper-sprayed by police

LAKEWOOD | The mother of an 8-year-old boy pepper-sprayed by suburban Denver police as he threw a violent tantrum at his elementary school said Wednesday that she wishes authorities had chosen to talk him down instead.

Police said they pepper-sprayed 8-year-old Aidan Elliott twice Feb. 22 at Glennon Heights Elementary School after he refused to drop a piece of wooden wall trim that he was trying to stab them with.

“I wanted to make something sharp, like if they came out, ‘cause i was so mad at them,” the boy said on NBC’s “Today” show. “I was going to try to whack them with it.”

His mother, Mandy, said she wants police in Lakewood to get special training in dealing with children. She said her son has a history of behavioral problems and has responded to rationalization in previous outbursts.

“I don’t think a child should get pepper-sprayed,” the woman said.

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