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Money Talks With Border Patrol

Money Talks With Border Patrol

JUNE 09, 2006

While the United States government is charged with protecting and securing our border, the federal agency in charge of this job has high-ranking inspectors waving in drug and alien smugglers for bribes.

For the second time in a week, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection inspector, supposedly guarding the U.S.-Mexican border against drug smugglers and illegal aliens, has been arrested for assuring their entry into the country.

Over the years, the two inspectors accepted huge bribes from Mexican smugglers in the form of cash and fancy cars. In exchange, they allowed the smugglers to use their lane at the San Ysidro border crossing to bring in illegal immigrants, marijuana and other drugs into the United States.

That extremely hectic border between Tijuana and California has 37 inspection booths and Richard Elizalda and Michael Gilliland each manned their own. They were entrusted to ferret out drug and immigrant smugglers among the thousands of cars that cross daily from Tijuana. Instead, they cut deals to let them in by charging anywhere from $500 to $1,500 per illegal alien and more for drugs.

The Amboy Times sarcastically asks, “Ever wonder how all those drugs get into the U.S. through our air-tight customs agencies?”

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