Law enforcement officials are worried that Mexican traffickers – facing beefed-up security on the border that now includes miles of new fencing, floodlights, drones, motion sensors, and cameras – have stepped up efforts to corrupt the border police, says the New York Times. They research potential targets, exploiting the cross-border clans and relationships that define the region, offering money, sex, whatever it takes. With the border police in the midst of a hiring boom, law enforcement officers believe traffickers even ask their own operatives to apply for jobs.
“In some ways,” said Keith Slotter, FBI agent in charge in San Diego, “it's like the old spy game between the old Soviet Union and the U.S. – trying to compromise each other's spies.” James Tomsheck of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency, and other investigators said they had seen many signs that the drug organizations were making a concerted effort to infiltrate the ranks. Tomsheck said, “there have been verifiable instances where people were directed to C.B.P. to apply for positions only for the purpose of enhancing the goals of criminal organizations. They had been selected because they had no criminal record; a background investigation would not develop derogatory information.”