Two recent cases of corruption at U.S. Customs and Border Protection stations indicate a pervasive and systemic problem at the checkpoints pedestrians and vehicles pass through between the U.S. and Mexico. The cases involve U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers who have been charged or convicted of allowing shipments of drugs and human beings to enter the U.S. from Mexico illegally in exchange for large cash payments. Former Customs Officer Luis Vasquez, from the border checkpoint in Douglas, Arizona, was sentenced on August 19, 2013 for allowing more than 12,000 pounds of marijuana to cross through his checkpoint. He received 151 months in prison after he was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s office.
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