You hear about corruption in Mexico, in most peoples minds, Mexico is synonymous with corruption. But the U.S. is on an equal plane with Mexico in this area.
Consider, how do the drugs get past the border and the interior CBP inspections stations? Are out officers stupid, lacking the newest technology to catch these shipments? No, in many cases, it is the corruption of one of their own.
The Customs and Border Protection officer arrested Friday morning on drug conspiracy charges had her initial appearance in U.S. District Court Monday afternoon.
Margarita Crispin, 32, was charged with conspiracy to import a controlled substance for allegedly allowing loads of marijuana to pass through her bridge lanes unchecked for the past four years.
If convicted, she faces between 10 years and life in prison.
According to the indictment, Crispin conspired with others to import more than 2,200 pounds of marijuana into the United States starting in 2003, shortly after she was hired as a bridge inspector.
Crispin was put on paid administrative leave by CBP while the case is pending.
Monday morning, she was taken from the El Paso County Jail to federal court where she was read the charges against her by U.S. District Judge Richard P. Mesa. She is scheduled to have a bond hearing Thursday, officials said. Crispin did not enter a plea on Monday but will during another court procedure.
The last El Paso bridge inspector to be indicted for turning a blind eye to drug shipments was Gerardo Diaz, a CBP officer who let a shipment of cocaine through the Zaragoza Bridge in 2004. He was sentenced to more than eight years in prison.
My question would also be, why is this suspect being allowed to continue to suck on the public tit while under indictment? Even if she cops a plea, her career is over!