Drug cartels have infiltrated the U.S. Border Patrol
January 17, 2011

Dave Gibson

In March 2010, the Senate Homeland Security subcommittee heard testimony from top federal officials about growing corruption of U.S. law enforcement along the U.S/Mexican border.

FBI assistant director for criminal investigations, Kevin Perkins, informed the subcommittee that in the last two years, there have been 400 corruption cases involving U.S. federal, state and local law enforcement officers working in the Southwest border region.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection assistant commissioner, James Tomsheck, warned the Senators that Mexican drug cartels have stepped up their efforts to corrupt and infiltrate the Border Patrol. He also reported that in 2009 alone, Customs and Border Protection conducted corruption investigations on 576 of their own agents.

In 2010, CBP conducted well over 750 corruption investigations.

Unfortunately, in the U.S., we are now seeing the beginning of the kind of corruption which has become the order of the day in Mexico. In addition to scores of Mexican police and military officials working basically as soldiers for the drug cartels, many elected officials in Mexico are also paid off by the cartels.

In May 2009, Mexican authorities arrested 10 mayors and 20 local officials after they were implicated through an investigation into the powerful organized crime ring known as La Familia Michoacana.

If La Familia cannot buy-off a politician (Often because they have already accepted bribes from a rival organization.), they simply kill him.

In April 2009, congressional candidate Gustavo Bucio Rodriguez was shot to death at the gas station he owned. Only days earlier, the body of Lazaro Cardenas Mayor Nicolas Leon was discovered. Leon had been tortured and shot to death, the initials “FMâ€