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Border Patrol Agent Arrested For False Alerts On US Citizen

The agent is accused of filing false alerts against a man who had accused his brother-in-law of sexual assault.

By Ben Lawson | October 10, 2015

A U.S. Border Patrol agent has been arrested for creating false alerts to repeatedly detain a lawful U.S. citizen who frequently crosses the Mexican border. 

A release from the United States District Attorney's Office says the agent, Martin Rene Duran, was targeting the man because he had accused Duran's brother-in-law of molesting his son and stepson.

Court documents say the alerts caused the target to be stopped five times between May and August 2013, sometimes at gunpoint. 

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The alerts stated that the man was smuggling narcotics and would be armed. The target believed that he was being pressured by Duran to drop the charges against his brother-in-law.

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