Arrests of U.S. border agents on the rise

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    Arrests of U.S. border agents on the rise

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    WASHINGTON A rising number of U.S. border enforcement officers are being arrested on corruption charges as Mexican drug cartels look to bribes as a way to get around tougher enforcement, border officials say.
    Investigators arrested 21 U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers on corruption charges in the fiscal year that ended last September, up from eight in the previous 12 months, according to CBP. This year, 14 have been arrested.
    Since 2004, 84 officers have been arrested and 62 were convicted, says James Tomsheck, assistant commissioner for internal affairs at CBP, which is part of the Department of Homeland Security. That number represents a small fraction of the more than 52,000 people employed by the agency, which enforces U.S. law along the 2,000-mile border with Mexico.
    Still, the trend is alarming, Tomsheck says. "We're deeply concerned. The numbers are disturbing."
    Another troubling trend: Mexican syndicates are trying to plant their own people in the agency. Investigators have arrested at least four agents since 2007 who they believe were sent by drug cartels to infiltrate the CBP, Tomsheck says.
    The Homeland Security Department's Office of Inspector General, which also investigates border agents, has also reported an increase in border corruption cases.
    The rise stems in part from the department's success in patrolling the border, says Thomas Frost, Homeland Security's assistant inspector general for investigations.
    As the vast terrain between ports of entry thickens with agents, fences and walls, drug cartels are increasingly targeting checkpoints and trying to influence officers there, he says, and more corruption cases are expected.
    Among the border agents arrested:
    *Michael Gilliland, a veteran CBP officer in California, who was seduced with sexual favors by a woman working for the cartels and cash, Frost says. In exchange, Gilliland allowed caravans of illegal immigrants to enter the United States. Gilliland pleaded guilty to taking bribes and was sentenced in 2007 to five years in prison.
    *Margarita Crispin, a CBP officer in El Paso, allowed vehicles stuffed with marijuana to enter the U.S., according to the Justice Department. Border officials say Crispin, who pleaded guilty last year and was sentenced to 20 years in prison, was sent by a drug gang to infiltrate CBP.
    *Raul Villarreal, a spokesman with CBP from California, and his brother, Fidel Villarreal, also a border agent, were arrested in Tijuana in October and charged by federal agents with running a smuggling ring that brought in illegal immigrants for money. The brothers have pleaded not guilty and are being held without bail at a federal prison in San Diego.


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    Quote Originally Posted by DOGOFWAR01 View Post
    Arrests of U.S. border agents on the rise


    WASHINGTON — A rising number of U.S. border enforcement officers are being arrested on corruption charges as Mexican drug cartels look to bribes as a way to get around tougher enforcement, border officials say.
    Investigators arrested 21 U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers on corruption charges in the fiscal year that ended last September, up from eight in the previous 12 months, according to CBP. This year, 14 have been arrested.
    Since 2004, 84 officers have been arrested and 62 were convicted, says James Tomsheck, assistant commissioner for internal affairs at CBP, which is part of the Department of Homeland Security. That number represents a small fraction of the more than 52,000 people employed by the agency, which enforces U.S. law along the 2,000-mile border with Mexico.
    Still, the trend is alarming, Tomsheck says. "We're deeply concerned. The numbers are disturbing."
    Another troubling trend: Mexican syndicates are trying to plant their own people in the agency. Investigators have arrested at least four agents since 2007 who they believe were sent by drug cartels to infiltrate the CBP, Tomsheck says.
    The Homeland Security Department's Office of Inspector General, which also investigates border agents, has also reported an increase in border corruption cases.
    The rise stems in part from the department's success in patrolling the border, says Thomas Frost, Homeland Security's assistant inspector general for investigations.
    As the vast terrain between ports of entry thickens with agents, fences and walls, drug cartels are increasingly targeting checkpoints and trying to influence officers there, he says, and more corruption cases are expected.
    Among the border agents arrested:
    *Michael Gilliland, a veteran CBP officer in California, who was seduced with sexual favors by a woman working for the cartels and cash, Frost says. In exchange, Gilliland allowed caravans of illegal immigrants to enter the United States. Gilliland pleaded guilty to taking bribes and was sentenced in 2007 to five years in prison.
    *Margarita Crispin, a CBP officer in El Paso, allowed vehicles stuffed with marijuana to enter the U.S., according to the Justice Department. Border officials say Crispin, who pleaded guilty last year and was sentenced to 20 years in prison, was sent by a drug gang to infiltrate CBP.
    *Raul Villarreal, a spokesman with CBP from California, and his brother, Fidel Villarreal, also a border agent, were arrested in Tijuana in October and charged by federal agents with running a smuggling ring that brought in illegal immigrants for money. The brothers have pleaded not guilty and are being held without bail at a federal prison in San Diego.
    This currupt agent likes sexual favors, eh? Good thing, because he is going to get all the sexual favors (I think they're favors.) he can handle for the next 5 years.

    One would think that lie detector tests could 'help' weed out this kind of crap.
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    Why should that organization be any different then any other organization. Corrupt people are everywhere. Lie detectors are not a guarantee. Even an innocent person can fail a lie detector
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    Any corruption is too much, but it seems like the numbers are relatively small compared to the overall enterprise and the possible temptations.

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    Lie detectors? No such thing. Polygraphs detect signs of deception, and a skilled examiner has to analyze the data. Some "cool" liars show little sign of deception. Of course, polygraph examiners themselves are humans; I wonder if any of them have been compromised by the cartels?

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    It could be with the huge increase in hiring BP agents that there are some bad apples slipping in
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    Did you people see what the cartel's are paying the help. $400,000 a mo. yes a Month. That is real tough on the people with INTERGITY.

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    Yea, they are throwing a lot of money around and it has to be hard for even honest people to resist. Any Border Agent that breaks the law should be prosecuted and convicted if found guilty, to the fullest extend of the law IMO. But it is understandable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TonyW View Post
    Yea, they are throwing a lot of money around and it has to be hard for even honest people to resist. Any Border Agent that breaks the law should be prosecuted and convicted if found guilty, to the fullest extend of the law IMO. But it is understandable.
    If they fall to temptation they aren't honest. They were only waiting till their price was met.

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    Even honest people do stupid stuff.
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    Probably backing up that carrot with a stick too. Tough job.
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    Border Patrol agents down here with overtime can make almost $80,000 a year That is damn good money and only greed drives them to get more,I think they should get 20 years without parole to reflect on their morals
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    The reality is that criminal organizations have the resources and motivation to conduct ongoing initiatives targeting personnel susceptible to recruitment. The reality is also that institutionally the threat, while acknowledged for some time, had been under-estimated.

    The government needs to run counter-ops and address the issues identified as contributing to personnel being susceptible in the first place.
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    When you have your politicians in Washington saying that illegal immigrants are not criminals and a lot of municipalities refusing to deport or even check on the immigration status of criminals it becomes a lot easier to justify letting that truck full of illegals through for a few bucks.
    Doesn't make it right but it does make it easier to understand.

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