LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Dario Castillo and Ramon Zuniga were indicted today for their work as U.S. Border Patrol Agents. Dario Castillo and Ramon Zuniga are accused of horrific acts against Mexican nationals while working for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Today a federal grand jury found that Dario Castillo and Ramon Zuniga should stand trial for a several federal charges. The indictments concern alleged actions against Mexican nationals illegally trying to enter the U.S., or trying to smuggle substances into Arizona.
Among the acts were allegedly telling the Mexican nationals to remove everything but their underpants and run through the desert in 40 degree weather. They are accused of arresting Mexican smugglers, and forcing them to eat their own substances.
Rather than arrest illegally entering Mexican nationals, the two Border Agents would allegedly let the persons run free after they stripped them of their clothes and burned them in bonfires.
Castillo is 23, Zuniga is 29. Both are from Maricopa, Arizona. The alleged acts started in 2008 in the Arizona desert. Both individuals are charged under the Conspiracy to Deprive Persons of Civil Rights and Civil Rights Deprivation under Color of Law; they face 10 years if convicted of those charges. Castillo also faces charges of Tampering with a Witness; that charge carries a 20 year prison term.