Wednesday, October 25, 2006

More on narco-traffickers bribing US cops

From A Capitol Blog Texas state Rep. Aaron Peña:
The Los Angeles Times has two good articles about the growing concern of corruption on our border in the war against the drug cartels. The infamous former Cameron County Sheriff Conrado Cantu and his downfall is the subject of one of the articles.

Click here and here.
Reports the Times, "At least 200 public employees have been charged with helping to move narcotics or illegal immigrants across the U.S.-Mexican border since 2004, at least double the illicit activity documented in prior years, a Times examination of public records has found. Thousands more are under investigation." ("Rise of bribery tests integrity of US border," Oct. 23)

I've argued at length that new border security funding should go first to local Internal Affairs units and a new office at the Attorney General to prosecute law enforcement corruption. Otherwise, we're throwing good money after bad.

See prior related Grits coverage:


Anonymous said...

Internal Affairs is usually Damage Control. They are not interested in prosecuting police crime, but in avoiding bad publicity for the department, the city, bond issues, and so on.

Don't take my word for it. Find (with great difficulty?) a current or former 'field associate' who has given IA enough evidence to put a number of dirty cops in prison, yet the IA never gets around to making an arrest, they just want to leverage more dirt.

Anonymous said...

It's not just on the border and don't think that local officers working in DEA office don't do this on a regular basis.

MPD Cop Turned DEA Agent Gets Indicted link: