Newsbrief: This Week's Cop Corruption Story 11/22/02

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This week's honors go not to an individual, but to a place: the US Customs port of entry at San Luis, AZ. The port made the news this week when Lisa Stubbs, the top Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) official at San Luis was arrested on bribery charges after FBI agents watched her trade immigration documents to a Mexican national in exchange for vials of a powerful prescription drug.

But Stubbs is only the latest in a long string of Customs and INS officers at San Luis to go down on corruption charges. At least six have been sent to prison in the last five years, during which time the port of entry has been the focus of 16 corruption investigations. According to the Arizona Republic, there have been nearly a hundred such investigations into corruption along the border in the state since 1998.

The others from San Luis:

  • Last month, inspector Allen J. Mouzon was sentenced to 30 months in prison for allowing drugs through the port of entry with the help of a San Luis drug trafficker. An informant testified that he paid Mourzon more than $72,000 over a two-year period.
  • In February, former Customs inspector Richard Talamante, 38, got 21 months in prison for smuggling illegal immigrants across the border. FBI agents testified that Talamante and his wife, Christina, charged $1,300 per person to shuttle immigrants on at least 10 occasions.
  • In January, another Customs inspector, Manuel E. Silva, got 34 months in prison in another immigrant smuggling scheme. Investigators testified that he also let drug smugglers through.
  • Gustavo Ramirez, a former immigration inspector, is in federal prison for allowing three cars carrying 583 pounds of marijuana across the border in November 2000. He worked for a drug cartel out of Mexicali, Mexico, according to court records.
It looks like business as usual in the drug war on the border.

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