- Associated Press - Thursday, February 18, 2016

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A former U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer has been sentenced to eight years in federal prison for drug trafficking and accepting bribes.

Federal prosecutors say 38-year-old Johnny G. Acosta was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Tucson.

He pleaded guilty last November to conspiring to smuggle marijuana into Arizona and accepting bribes to let drug loads through the Douglas port of entry.

Prosecutors say Acosta conspired to import more than 2,200 pounds of marijuana between September 2010 and September 2013.

They say he also accepted thousands of dollars in bribes to allow drug-loaded vans from Mexico to cross the Douglas port without inspection.

Acosta was arrested last October by the FBI at the Arizona border in Nogales as he reportedly tried to flee into Mexico to avoid prosecution.

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