U.S. Border Inspector Charged With Taking $50,000-plus to Let Drug Vehicles Pass

US Mexican border
By Allan Lengel

In the Mexican-U.S. drug war, money still corrupts on both sides of the border.

The latest: A U.S. border inspector was charged Friday with taking more than $50,000 to let drug-filled vehicles from Mexico pass through his lane, the Associated Press reported.

Authorities charged that Oscar Osbaldo Ortiz Martinez,30, a Customs and Border Protection officer since 2008, allegedly took $22,000 in June for one car to pass through and $30,000 on Monday in downtown Caliexico, about 120 east of San Diego, AP reported.

He is charged with bribery, conspiracy and attempting to import cocaine and methamphetamine.

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