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Hired by Customs, but Working for the Cartels
New York Times ^ | 12/17/09 | RANDAL C. ARCHIBOLD

Posted on 12/17/2009 8:05:19 PM PST by AtlasStalled

[L]aw enforcement officials [are] worried that Mexican traffickers — facing beefed-up security on the border that now includes miles of new fencing, floodlights, drones, motion sensors and cameras — have stepped up their efforts to corrupt the border police.

They research potential targets, anticorruption investigators said, exploiting the cross-border clans and relationships that define the region, offering money, sex, whatever it takes. But, with the border police in the midst of a hiring boom, law enforcement officers believe that traffickers are pulling out the stops, even soliciting some of their own operatives to apply for jobs.

“In some ways,” said Keith Slotter, the agent in charge of the F.B.I.’s San Diego office, “it’s like the old spy game between the old Soviet Union and the U.S. — trying to compromise each other’s spies.”

James Tomsheck, the assistant commissioner for internal affairs at Customs and Border Protection, and other investigators said they had seen many signs that the drug organizations were making a concerted effort to infiltrate the ranks.

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Along the border, many residents have family members on both sides. Generations of residents have been accustomed to passing back and forth relatively freely, often daily, and exchanging goods, legal or not.

Federal officials believe that drug traffickers are seeking to exploit those ties more than ever, urging family and friends on the American side to take advantage of the hiring rush for customs agents.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: borderpatrol; drugs; hispanics; mexicanborder; mexico

1 posted on 12/17/2009 8:05:19 PM PST by AtlasStalled
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To: AtlasStalled

The best way to counter this activity is to hire someone in the southwest, then send them thousands of miles to another border. The one between Alaska and Canada would be super for this, or the one between Michigan, New York, and the any of the New England states.

The goal is to stop corruption in its tracks. Other nations do this, why can’t we?

2 posted on 12/17/2009 8:23:49 PM PST by SatinDoll (NO Foreign Nationals as our President!!)
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To: SatinDoll

What is happening instead is that both Customs and Border Patrol are hiring like gang busters so the cartels are seeking out people with clean records to join those agencies.

3 posted on 12/17/2009 9:06:23 PM PST by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: USNBandit

The Spanish National Police never located an office in his home province: the possibility of corruption was always their main consideration.

We need to think smarter, particularly when it comes to Hispanic groups with their large families. Remove the temptation, you eliminate corruption.

4 posted on 12/17/2009 9:13:03 PM PST by SatinDoll (NO Foreign Nationals as our President!!)
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