- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 4, 2015

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A former U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer has pleaded guilty to conspiring to smuggle marijuana into Arizona and accepting bribes to let drug loads through the Douglas port of entry.

Federal prosecutors say 37-year-old Johnny G. Acosta pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Tucson to conspiracy to import more than 2,200 pounds of marijuana between September 2010 and September 2013.

They say Acosta also pleaded guilty to accepting thousands of dollars in bribes to allow drug-loaded vans from Mexico to cross the Douglas port without inspection.

Prosecutors say Acosta faces at least seven years in prison when he’s sentenced Jan. 12.

Acosta was arrested in the case last April.

He originally faced 34 charges including conspiracy to import marijuana and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

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