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Four of five Border Patrol drug busts involve US citizens, records show

Mugshots of people arrested in remote Hudspeth County, Texas, where the Big Bend Sector’s Sierra Blanca checkpoint sits. County Sheriff Arvin West said the Border Patrol has enhanced security by increasing agents and drug-detecting dogs at checkpoints to catch more contraband.Hudspeth County Sheriff’s Office The public’s view of a typical Mexican drug smuggler might not

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US drug couriers busted at the border

After being found with 25 pounds of cocaine in his car in January 2011, Alan Enrique Tirado, a U.S. citizen living in Sonora, Mexico, told investigators that he was to be paid ,000 to drive drugs to Phoenix.Yuma County (Ariz.) Sheriff’s Office Below are portraits of some of the U.S. citizens caught by the Border

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Border agency report reveals internal struggles with corruption

Since Oct. 1, 2004, 147 Customs and Border Protection officers and agents have been charged with or convicted of corruption-related offenses, ranging from taking bribes to stealing government money. U.S. Border Patrol/Shutterstock UPDATE, Jan. 29, 2013: This story updates to include comment from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Turf battles, internal dysfunction and other troubles

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Immigrant busts fall, but is border enforcement the reason?

Flickr/Brian Auer When the Department of Homeland Security trudged up to Capitol Hill this year and asked lawmakers for another 365 days worth of funding, as every federal agency does each year, officials ticked off a list of accomplishments they presented as evidence of the agency’s ongoing success. The department pointed to a marked decrease in

Nov 20, 2012
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Flurry of misconduct cases hits border agency

Since Oct. 1, 2004, 147 Customs and Border Protection officers and agents have been charged with or convicted of corruption-related offenses, ranging from taking bribes to stealing government money. U.S. Border Patrol/Shutterstock August has been a difficult month for U.S. Customs and Border Protection when it comes to misconduct or corruption within its ranks. Six

Aug 27, 2012
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Tech designed to ‘read’ body’s intent finds new life on the border

Customs and Border Protection is testing a security kiosk with an avatar that appears onscreen and makes queries in a polite, automated voice. Courtesy of the University of Arizona Imagine you decide to take a casual trip to Mexico, walking across the border for a day of shopping or even cheap dental care that’s not available in

Jul 19, 2012
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California border crossing sees most deportations

The San Ysidro port of entry between Tijuana, Mexico, and San Diego County is the busiest land border crossing in the world, with more than 30 million people crossing into the U.S. from Mexico in 2011. Zach Tirrell/Flickr The San Ysidro port of entry – which separates Tijuana, Mexico, from San Diego County – is the busiest land

Jun 22, 2012
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At U.S. border, expensive drones generate lots of buzz, few results

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection unmanned aircraft, or droneCharles McCain/Flickr TUCSON, Ariz. – An aerial drone, zooming somewhere out of sight high above the cooling scrubland, first spotted the group of nearly two dozen migrants. Snaking through the Sonoran Desert on a warm, moonless night last month, the would-be immigrants traversed the rugged foothills

Jun 15, 2012
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New details emerge as ex-Border Patrol brothers fight corruption charges

  Since Oct. 1, 2004, 147 Customs and Border Protection officers and agents have been charged with or convicted of corruption-related offenses, ranging from taking bribes to stealing government money. U.S. Border Patrol/Shutterstock Days before U.S. Border Patrol agents Raul and Fidel Villarreal abruptly quit their San Diego posts in June 2006, the brothers scrambled

Jun 1, 2012
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