National Public Radio tells the story of the case of a confidential informant gone wrong. In El Paso, Tx., a decade ago, a U.S. Customs agent talked to a Mexican drug runner nicknamed Lalo. Lalo’s information tipped the U.S. to a corrupt immigration agent who was taking bribes from drug gangs. He also helped crack a major international cigarette smuggling ring.
The feds paid Lalo well: nearly $250,000 over four years. Then he was caught smuggling more than 100 pounds of marijuana stuffed into the wheels of his pickup. And he was climbing the ranks of the drug cartel. He was kept on the U.S. government’s payroll while he was involved in torture and murder.