For $50,000, a former Customs and Border Protection agent gave keys and insider info to a drug trafficking organization. The choice earned Robert Hall 114 months (virtually 10 years) in prison, according to a case that was unsealed on Friday.
The La Feria, Texas guard spent 10 years on the job supplying drug traffickers with a flow of info and sources that permitted them to improved pass illegal drugs, such as marijuana, more than the U.S.-Mexico border.
A report from the Division of Justice states that Hall and his accomplice gave the trafficking organization with “CBP sensor areas, the areas of unpatrolled roads at or close to the U.S.-Mexico border, the quantity of BPAs functioning in a specific location, keys to unlock CBP locks situated on gates to ranch fences along the border and CBP radios.”
Hall worked in tandem with former CBP nurse Daniel Hernandez, who pled guilty to accepting $five,000 money for assisting traffickers to escape detection. Court documents show that he was when compensated with $500 for a map of sensor areas and a crucial to CBP locks. Hernandez is due to be sentenced in May possibly.
The two are far from the sole Border Patrol workers that have been caught aiding in the transfer of drugs across the border. In a report released in October, it was revealed that a lot more than 500 workers of Customs and Border Protection had been criminally charged in 2016 and 2017. The most frequent arrests associated to drug and alcohol misconduct, and the quantity integrated folks who had been accused of drug trafficking and accepting bribes. In between the years 2005 and 2017, 77 Border Patrol workers had been arrested or indicted on corruption charges.
The news of Hall’s sentencing comes in the midst of Donald Trump’s continued push to create a $five.7 billion wall at the border. Trump insists that the wall is very important to the security of U.S. residents, and that illegal drugs are coming into the nation via illegal points of entry.
But regardless of safety breaches like these of Hall and Hernandez, government statistics show that the vast majority of illegal drugs come via legal points of entry. This was lately demonstrated by the nicely-publicized and record-setting Customs and Border Patrol drug bust at the Los Angeles/Lengthy Beach Seaport of 1.7 tons of drugs that had been hidden inside a shipment of speakers bound for Australia.
In the trial of Mexican cartel boss El Chapo, members of his organization testified that most of their drug shipments had been passed via legal ports of entry. One particular trafficker stated that he had bribed a former South Texas sheriff with $100,000 in exchange for aiding the transportation of illegal drugs.
“The income can be an really tempting point,” former federal South Texas prosecutor Kenneth Magidson told the New York Occasions. “It’s really hard to say no.”
Statistics show, on the other hand, that the flow of cannabis more than the border is decreasing. In the Border Patrol’s southwestern sector, cannabis seizures have dropped by about two-thirds annually — from two.five million pounds in 2011 to 850,000 in 2017.