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Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 3:15 am

A former federal agent pleaded guilty to a federal misdemeanor crime despite originally being indicted on federal drug charges.

Mark Carpenter, who was an Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agent based out of Pecos, pleaded guilty Tuesday to misdemeanor theft of government property and was sentenced to five years probation.

The drug charges were dismissed.

Carpenter was indicted in November of possessing and attempting to distribute drugs to his coworkers in an undercover operation.

According to previous stories, Carpenter was accused of bragging to undercover agents about using steroids, ecstasy and other stimulants. He was then accused of meeting with an agent and selling three pills to the agent.

Defense attorney Jeff Parras filed motions in February regarding the charges, contesting that the undercover officer may have coaxed Carpenter into an enhanced charge and also claimed he wasn’t given all the information on phone conversations between Carpenter and the agent.

Parras said as part of the plea deal, Carpenter made a tough decision to agree to resign from his position as a federal agent.

“I think he enjoyed being in law enforcement and fortunately he has a college degree and will simply have to start over in another field from here on, it appears,” Parras said. “I felt like it was a just resolution. I’ve never felt like Mark was a drug trafficker based on what I saw.”

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