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Arizona in Briefly: Former Border Patrol agent, who aided smuggling, sentenced

File photo showing a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy, File)

File photo showing a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy, File)

Former Border Patrol agent, who aided smuggling, sentenced

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A Casa Grande man who acknowledged providing surveillance during drug smuggling efforts while he worked for the U.S. Border Patrol has been scheduled to 7.5 years in prison.

A federal judge in Tucson on Monday sentenced 41-year-old Alberto Michel, whose plea agreement said he was paid $24,000 while engaged in a conspiracy to traffic in marijuana.

Michel previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to traffic in marijuana and to accepting a bribe as a public official.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Michel began working for the Border Patrol in 2009 and by 2016 had been promoted within an intelligence unit of the Tucson Sector.

The office says that meant he had a higher security clearance and had access to information regarding high-level law enforcement and national security operations and techniques.

Polygamous community targets outsider for police chief

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A polygamous community on the Utah-Arizona border is planning to hire an outsider to lead a police department that was found to have discriminated against people who aren’t members of the dominant religious sect.

Donia Jessop, the new mayor of Hildale, Utah, said Tuesday that none of the current town police officers had the necessary experience or desire to seek the position. The move is the latest sign that the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is losing control of a community it ran for a century.

Jessop says the move will bring more fairness to the police force. She is a former member of the group.

The previous police chief, Jerry Darger, was let go in March. He is a member of the FLDS.

The Salt Lake Tribune first reported the story.