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Jailed U.S. Border Agent; Scary Inside Look at Drug Cartels
ABC News via Borderland Beat ^ | Andrea Canning and Christina NG

Posted on 09/24/2011 2:26:50 PM PDT by Gritty

A corrupt U.S. border agent sitting in a federal prison cell is offering a chilling view of the Mexican drug cartels whose drug shipments he protected for years in return for hefty bribes.

He is so terrified of the cartel's famous vicious streak that he fears for his own life -- and the lives of his family -- if he is identified as speaking to ABC News. He depicts a dangerously paranoid crime organization that has spies throughout U.S. law enforcement.

To illustrate the cartel's pervasive reach, he said he got his introduction to them through an American cop. From there the former border patrol agent was convicted of shepherding cartel vehicles loaded with drugs safely over the border. Prosecutors say he profited handsomely, being paid $4,000 per car and $6,000 to escort vans - in addition to a $10,000 retainer fee.

*snip*

"In my opinion they have unlimited power..they have informants of all kinds, good and bad," he said. "They have informants in the city level, county level and, from what they claim, federal."

"At the time I was just thinking of a possible life and death situation and DEATH had better odds than I had.... Until you are faced with a situation like mine... no one can really say what they could have done."

(Excerpt) Read more at borderlandbeat.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: borderagents; borderpatrol; mexicodrugcartels; usbp

1 posted on 09/24/2011 2:26:53 PM PDT by Gritty
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To: Gritty

The new government jobs. Now you know what that meant.


3 posted on 09/24/2011 2:32:08 PM PDT by lephantom
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To: Gritty

That’s why you don’t allow yourself to be corrupted on any level in regards to your job.

Hope it was worth it.


4 posted on 09/24/2011 2:33:41 PM PDT by Jonty30
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To: John334

They own Houston. It was not Perry who made Houston a sanctuary city, it was Democrat Bill White.


5 posted on 09/24/2011 2:35:33 PM PDT by FlyingEagle
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To: John334

certainly wouldn’t want to build a wall to keep those fine people out right?

lol


6 posted on 09/24/2011 2:37:26 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: Gritty

This “agent” should have been executed.


7 posted on 09/24/2011 2:37:37 PM PDT by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: Gritty

“They have informants in the city level, county level and, from what they claim, federal.”

Of course they do. It’s one obvious reason no one will secure the border.


8 posted on 09/24/2011 2:43:18 PM PDT by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: Gritty
let's see... just exactly how many JAILED CORRUPT US Border agents are there anyway???

shouldn't too hard to figure out who he is even for the mexkins... i expect his days are numbered

9 posted on 09/24/2011 2:45:08 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: ViLaLuz

He forgot to add payoffs of the ownership of American media. People never seem to think about that.


10 posted on 09/24/2011 2:47:41 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart (Chief Druid of Trollhenge: Cult of Palin)
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To: FlyingEagle

Yeah but I hear this crap from Texans all the time. “Well our Mexicans are not like California’s Mexicans.”

All they care about is football or the cowboys. Almost all Texas pols are the same. Pro-open borders, lining their pockets and on. The Democrats are mostly conservative and the Repubs are about teh same. The TX senators are all RINOs.


11 posted on 09/24/2011 2:48:20 PM PDT by John334
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To: Scotsman will be Free

He probably will be. By them.


12 posted on 09/24/2011 2:49:11 PM PDT by Ronin (If we were serious about using the death penalty as a deterrent, we would bring back public hangings)
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To: Gritty

Reminds me of Scarface and S FL before Reagan cracked down. Parts of Miami were like the Wild West.


13 posted on 09/24/2011 2:52:02 PM PDT by John334
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To: Chode

The number of living convicts who were border guards can probably be counted on two hands. :(


14 posted on 09/24/2011 2:53:56 PM PDT by Jonty30
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To: Gritty

Please pray for my hubby and the other GOOD agents who put their lives in danger everyday. Thanks...


15 posted on 09/24/2011 2:55:27 PM PDT by Just4Him
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To: Jonty30
sadly and unfortunately true, but when a dirty cop suddenly disappears... it shouldn't be too hard to figure out that's the squealer
16 posted on 09/24/2011 3:02:22 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Gritty

Thank God we have the War on Some Drugs to make this so incredibly lucrative or none of this would be happening and we would miss out on so much... fun.


17 posted on 09/24/2011 3:03:56 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Palin is coming, and the Tea Party is coming with her.)
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To: Chode

Even if you’re a good cop, but report somebody, you can find yourself in a dangerous situation and partnerless.


18 posted on 09/24/2011 3:07:00 PM PDT by Jonty30
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To: Jonty30
again, sadly and unfortunately true...
19 posted on 09/24/2011 3:19:01 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Gritty
"They have informants in the city level, county level and, from what they claim, federal."

Wait a minute. You mean to tell me our just and heroic War on Drugs is riddled with criminality and corruption???

20 posted on 09/24/2011 3:20:59 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: Jonty30

I read once that a cop said a lot of times they don’t report a rogue cop is that someday he may be the one that you have to count on in a bad situation and he won’t have your back....your life may depend on being quiet as they aren’t always removed from the force... that makes sense to me...


21 posted on 09/24/2011 3:22:59 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: Gritty

The big thing that sticks out in this story is that the agent was probably a 1st generation American. I don’t know how many times my spouse and I have wanted to retort when asked our citizenship, “And yours?”

So many of them speak such bad English you know they haven’t been Americanized for long and their hearts and loyalties may lie more with Mexico than with the U.S..


22 posted on 09/24/2011 3:33:19 PM PDT by tiki
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To: Gritty

Why would any cop that is money hungry not deal with the cartels.

HELL the Attorney General, President, BATF,FBI and U.S. attorney’s were.

Oh I can here it now. It’s the cops that are all corrupt.

We have reaped the whirlwind.


23 posted on 09/24/2011 3:34:10 PM PDT by Marty62 (Marty60)
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To: Scotsman will be Free

If I had his name and address I would give it to the Cartels and let them deal with it.

This guy is a real POS.


24 posted on 09/24/2011 4:23:08 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: Gritty

Illegal immigration and the crime wave heading north are the two greatest threats to our country, period!!!!


25 posted on 09/24/2011 4:30:43 PM PDT by doc
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To: Ken H

“Wait a minute. You mean to tell me our just and heroic War on Drugs is riddled with criminality and corruption???”

Totally different from the old Prohibition-era Chicago mob, right?


26 posted on 09/24/2011 5:22:24 PM PDT by webstersII
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To: Gritty

Scared for you and your family? Hey fool, should have considered such before committing. Play around, lay around, mox nix to me if they take you out.


27 posted on 09/24/2011 5:32:07 PM PDT by Sea Parrot (Democrats creation of the entitlement class will prove out to be their very own Frankenstein monster)
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To: Jonty30

As a supervisor in the oil patch dealing with contractors and service companies, that is one thing I entirely steered away from no matter how slight. And during a boom such crap could become rampant. But I slept good nights and never had to worry about repercussions if I ran anyone off (fired) for poor job performance.


28 posted on 09/24/2011 5:40:56 PM PDT by Sea Parrot (Democrats creation of the entitlement class will prove out to be their very own Frankenstein monster)
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To: Chode

Didn’t see it, but good start would be Latino names of the corrupt.


29 posted on 09/24/2011 5:43:12 PM PDT by Sea Parrot (Democrats creation of the entitlement class will prove out to be their very own Frankenstein monster)
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To: Sea Parrot
bingo...
30 posted on 09/24/2011 5:47:50 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: goat granny
read once that a cop said a lot of times they don’t report a rogue cop is that someday he may be the one that you have to count on in a bad situation and he won’t have your back....your life may depend on being quiet as they aren’t always removed from the force... that makes sense to me...

If you're not familiar with him read about Frank Serpico or watch the movie 'Serpico'. IIRC, that's pretty much what happened to him in the NYPD after he exposed corrupt cops and officials on the force. No backup when he needed it. Critically wounded but survived. Later moved to Switzerland.

31 posted on 09/24/2011 6:19:41 PM PDT by Jed Eckert
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To: Gritty

If the Obama gummit really wanted to try to do something good in the drug wars, it would do public service advertising all over the country showing gritty monochrome pictures of the Mexican drug cartel violence and urging all Americans to shun street drugs, most particularly Mexican street drugs.


32 posted on 09/24/2011 6:23:08 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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To: Scotsman will be Free
This “agent” should have been executed.

You sure got that one right. Also, we need a new government with people in it who have the will to totally clean house, like the Communist Chinese under Mao did with the drug traffickers/users in 1947+. Don't like the other things they did, but they COMPLETELY rid the country of drug dealing/use at that time.

33 posted on 09/24/2011 7:52:10 PM PDT by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: ViLaLuz
“They have informants in the city level, county level and, from what they claim, federal.”

Exactly correct. Also the commenter about the medial being paid off is also right on target. A dramatic change is becoming necessary.

34 posted on 09/24/2011 7:53:42 PM PDT by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin
Good luck with that, pal. When austerity hits this country for real, the drug war - along with drug warriors - will be thrown under the bus.

Not to worry, though. There will always be a need for bouncers at the seedier establishments.

35 posted on 09/24/2011 10:52:47 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: Norm Lenhart

“He forgot to add payoffs of the ownership of American media. People never seem to think about that.”

VERY good point!


36 posted on 09/25/2011 6:58:42 AM PDT by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: Gritty

Prosecutors say he profited handsomely, being paid $4,000 per car and $6,000 to escort vans - in addition to a $10,000 retainer fee.


Chicken feed...

What was once an almost winnable issue, is now in the hands of an administration who is doing everything they can from all facets of this war to undermine and successfully making this an unsustainable conflict...

I can still take any credible Law Enforcement investigator to 3 houses I know for a fact have illegals in them to be further distributed into the country, and 2 more that are used for separate operations and distribution of illegal drugs (product) that are in the Pasadena, Texas area alone...

But I am just a rabble-rouser, racist and Nazi for pointing that out to them and others...

I’m tired of nothing getting done on such solid information, I still see the same activities going on to this day...I’m tired of being looked at more than the problem, so if they got more information on me, and not on the problem, screw it, its not wort it anymore...

/rant


37 posted on 09/25/2011 7:57:12 AM PDT by stevie_d_64 (I'm jus' sayin')
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I can still take any credible Law Enforcement investigator to 3 houses I know for a fact have illegals in them to be further distributed into the country, and 2 more that are used for separate operations and distribution of illegal drugs (product) that are in the Pasadena, Texas area alone...

So can just about any American anywhere in the country who is paying attention.

That is why this is such a big issue. It IS a big issue and is everywhere and the feds (and a lot of the local authorities) ignore it.

My guess? With so many untraceable cartel billions sloshing around looking for a crooked home, huge chunks of it are finding their way into U.S. political and law enforcement hands and that's why the problem never gets the crucial attention it needs. It is not just this lone agent who is guilty and being used by the cartels. It is a widespread cancer on our entire system of honest law and order.

38 posted on 09/25/2011 10:57:30 AM PDT by Gritty (Compromise that is not a solution is a waste of time. We either save this country or we do not-Rubio)
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Well, part of me aggrees that the money may be sloshing around a little bit, not that widespread just yet...The potential is certainly there for the chances of mnore and more L.E. to be hornswaggled to the darkside...

When that is more widespread, then yes, the war is lost on this side of the border then...

That’s when the people like us who are payng attention shift gears...


39 posted on 09/25/2011 2:13:37 PM PDT by stevie_d_64 (I'm jus' sayin')
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