BUFFALO — A retired U.S. Border Patrol agent has been arrested and charged with dousing a co-worker’s cubicle with urine.

Eduardo Flores Jr., 50, of Amherst was charged Wednesday in U.S. District Court with depredation of government property, a charge that carries a maximum sentence of one year in federal prison and a $100,000 fine.

Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Fiut said that Flores on Aug. 20 entered a co-worker’s cubicle at the Border Patrol Station in Tonawanda and “Began to spray and pour a substance throughout the cubicle.”

As a result, the Customs and Border Protection Office of Professional Responsibility initiated an investigation into Flores’s activities, which included a physical inspection of the cubicle. Over a week after the incident, the cubicle continued to emanate a pungent odor resembling the smell of urine. In order to restore the cubicle to the condition it was in prior to Flores’s actions, Border Patrol hired and paid a cleaning company over $400 to clean the cubicle and its contents.

The incident happened just before Flores retired.

He is scheduled to appear next week in U.S. District Court.

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