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Nearly 200 Homeland Security Employee Accepted Bribes in Past Decade

homeland-security-investigationsBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Nearly 200 employees and contract workers for Homeland Security have accepted bribes totaling about $150 million over the past 10 years, the New York Times reports. 

At the time, the employees were getting paid to protect the borders and enforce immigration laws.

The employees and contract workers have allowed tons of dugs and thousands of undocumented immigrants to be smuggled into the U.S. in exchange for bribes. They also illegally sold green cards and other immigration documents and provided sensitive information to drug cartels.

“It does absolutely no good to talk about the building of walls or tougher enforcement if you can’t secure the integrity of the immigration system, when you have fraud and corruption with your own employees,” said an internal affairs official at the Department of Homeland Security who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Although these employees represent less than 1% of the more than 250,000 people who work for Homeland Security, the impact is still broad.

“Any amount is bad, and one person alone can do a lot of damage,” said John Roth, the inspector general at the Department of Homeland Security. “It doesn’t have to be widespread.”

Former TSA Agent Accused of Helping Smuggle Marijuana Past Airport Screeners

airport-screeningBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former TSA agent is accused of allowing marijuana on flights to northern California, Fox 8 reports. 

Prosecutors allege that Deondre Smith, 33, helped co-conspirators smuggled bags of drugs past TSA screeners at Los Angeles International Airport.

Smith has been charged with conspiracy to distribute marijuana and bribery of a public official.

Smith is accused of accepting payments of at least $500.

Smith faces up to 15 years in prison.

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He Did What?! Man Tries to Smuggle Thai Woman into U.S. in Suitcase

 
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol agents find some of the most bizarre ways that people smuggle humans into the U.S.

But a recent discovery surprised even veterans in the field, the Phoenix Times reports.

A Phoenix man headed back to the U.S. from the port entry of Nogales tried to smuggle a Thai woman in a suitcase in the back of his SUV.

After being chosen for further inspection on Dec. 30, the man could do nothing as officers unzipped a large suitcase. Inside was a 48-year-old Thai woman.

Border Patrol Agent Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Helping Smuggle Drugs

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol Agent Ivhan Herrera-Chiang had one major job – stop criminals from smuggling drugs.

But Herrera exploited his position to help smugglers bring meth, cocaine and marijuana into the U.S., the Arizona Central reports.

On Tuesday, he was sentenced to 15 years behind bars on four felony counts of bribery.

“You have done about the worst thing a law-enforcement agent could do, especially a Border Patrol agent, and that is passed confidential information” to criminal organizations, U.S. District Judge Paul Rosenblatt said during a sentencing hearing in Phoenix.

Herrara even helped smugglers find their way around underground sensors and lock combinations.

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It’s Off to Prison for Smuggler of Lizards

Gecko/dept. of conservation

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

It’s not the crime of the century.

Nonetheless, it’s prison time for Michael Plank, 42, of Lomita, Calif., who was sentenced Wednesday in Los Angeles federal court to 15 months behind bars for smuggling 15 lizards from Australia into the United States.

Essentially, he got one month in prison for every lizard.

Plank had pleaded guilty to smuggling two Geckos, two Monitor lizards and 11 Skink lizards from Australia in November 2009. He tried to pass through Customs at Los Angeles International Airport with the lizards in his money belts.

Federal law prohibits the importation of wildlife from another country without a permit. The animals must also be declared in the U.S. at the first point of entry.

“This sentence of 15 months in federal prison sends a strong message to both wildlife smugglers and would-be wildlife smugglers that the illegal trafficking in wildlife is a serious crime that will result in significant prison time for those who engage in thisdespicable activity,” U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte Jr. said in a statement.

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