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US Border Patrol: Target of Mexican Drug Cartel Corruption

Updated on December 21, 2009

The Story of Luis Alarid and Others

 With the drug war between Mexican cartel growing exponentially just across the US border, and the increased difficulties of smuggling drugs into the US via traditional means and with drones flying high above seeing all, the cartels are attacking from within. Just as the Soviet Union and US did during the Cold War years, where agents were comprised with huge amounts of dinero, so the cartels are doing the same to smuggle their goods in for America to have its fix.

Luis Alarid, had you met him in the US Marines or Army, you would think he was a "good American" with two tours in Iraq. And he was, in fact, his own intention was simply to become a police officer in Southern California. Born into poverty, broken homes, in and out of foster homes, his was a kind of American success story. Many movie stars had a similar start. At 32, he was also earning around 70k a year as a new border patrol officer with great benefits. However, somewhere along the way a great greed had infected him and his family to where a drug cartel had paid him and other family members to smuggle in drugs across the border and illegal immigrants. As an officer, he would simply allow trucks laden with drugs through the border without inspection and paid $200,000 for it. Easy money. Luis is now in federal prison and doing his time, which he claims he can, "do it standing on his head". 

Then there is a similar case of Margarita Crispin, another American on the Border Patrol who took bribe money and allowed 5700 lbs. of marijuana to cross into the US without inspection. The whole van was filled with MJ bricks from floor to ceiling.

Basically, the Mexican drug cartel traffickers are now infiltrating the US Border Patrol bribing American citizens to look the other way. Despite the fact that over $11 billion has been spent to beef up the border areas, oddly, only 10% of the Border Patrol agent recruits are ever given the simply polygraph test because of a "lack of money"! The Border Patrol has also made it easier, unbeknown to them, for the cartels. Usually new recruits are assigned to areas away from where they are from to prevent this. Now, in order to attract more, the recruits are assigned to an area where they are from. This allows any connections to cartel members to remain if undetected. The FBI now has 13 squads along the border area watching the Border patrol agents on duty. There are now more than 400 under investigation! Arrests of Border Patrol agents is up from 24% last year to 40% this year.

As to Crispin, she was handed a 20 yr. sentence for allowing tons of drugs through over a course of three years at the El Paso crossing in 2008. She had evaded background checks that now reveal extensive ties to the cartel via boyfriends and others "innocent" individuals based in Mexico's deadliest city, Juarez.

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      Gary GraY 

      7 years ago

      So many on the take...I'm very surprised. We have to do a better job screening these applicants. The money has to be allicated. How can we help?

    • dlgjmg30 profile image

      dlgjmg30 

      8 years ago from Lytle Creek, CA

      This was interesting information. I had no idea that we, as tax payers, had to pay one arm of the federal government to watch another arm of the federal government.

      It is just sad.

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      perrya 

      8 years ago

      like it.

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      Pollyannalana 

      8 years ago from US

      Our President owes it to us to protect our borders, always armed to keep us safe and I think America has quite enough illegal immigrants now on welfare with their health program 100% unlike the rest of us, I think the man needs impeached and the house cleared of lobbyists (abolished) and also a government with men too old to nod "no more!" It is time to say we the people will decide!

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      Gypsy Willow 

      8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      This just gets worse! Stopping them is not an option. The jails keep getting filled up. GM the drug plants and infiltrate them to the crop areas so that eventually they become ineffective. Either that or lots of roundup. I don't know. I'm clutching at straws

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      Hxprof 

      8 years ago from Clearwater, Florida

      This is an extremely informative piece. I've kept up with border security/terrorism issues for years now but wasn't aware that so many border patrol agents were suspect. Thanks for the information.

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