Margarita’s on the Border and Homeland Security is Out to Lunch

On July 1st, MTO reported on the arrest of Customs and Border Protection officer Margarita Crispin of El Paso and followed up on the story on April 21, 2008 when she entered a guilty plea to the charges against her. Andrew Becker placed this follow up in Mother Jones titled “Will Corruption Cross the Line?” The rumors about Margarita Crispin started soon after her first…

US Border Patrol agent arrested on bribery charges

FBI agents have arrested a U.S. Border Patrol agent accused of accepting $39,000 in bribes and using his personal vehicle while in uniform to drive narcotics across the U.S.-Mexico border in his patrol area. Border Patrol Agent Eric Raymond Macias, who was stationed in Deming, turned himself in to FBI agents Friday at their Las Cruces offices, the FBI said. Macias allegedly accepted $39,000 in…

Vice President Dick Cheney INDICTED!!! [UPDATED]

McALLEN, Texas-(AP) A South Texas grand jury has indicted Vice President Dick Cheney and former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on charges related to the alleged abuse of prisoners in Willacy County’s federal detention centers. The indictment criticizes Cheney’s investment in the Vanguard Group, which holds interests in the private prison companies running the federal detention centers. It accuses Cheney of a conflict of interest and…

Border Patrol agent charged with drug counts

McALLEN, Texas – A U.S. Border Patrol agent was charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine for allegedly helping two Mexican men smuggle 11 bricks of cocaine into the United States. Reynaldo Zuniga, a 34-year-old Border Patrol agent from Harlingen, was paid to pick up one of the men along the Rio Grande and then drive him to a fast food restaurant in Hidalgo, where the…

Customs agent accused of selling fake travel permits

LAREDO — A U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent arrested on charges alleging that he sold a fake travel permit to a Mexican national made his first court appearance on Monday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. Ramiro Villareal Jr., 27, was arrested Thursday on a charge of accepting bribes for making and delivering fake travel documents, prosecutors said. During a hearing Monday, U.S. Magistrate Judge…

Reynosa Police Chief arrested by Federal Authorities

MONTERREY, Mexico — The chief of police of Reynosa, the city across the Rio Grande from McAllen and Hidalgo, was detained by federal police Thursday, according to Mexican media reports and officials.Statements issued by Reynosa’s city hall said Juan José Muñiz Salinas was detained at 1:20 p.m. by federal police officers. City officials said the arresting officers presumably had a warrant requiring Muñiz to appear…

The Ethics of Senator Byron Dorgan (D)ND

Has anyone ever wondered why a Senator from a nowhere state like Norht Dakota, would have such a passionate opposition to a Cross Border Truck Program that will not impact his state or constituents in the least? I have. As they say, “follow the money”! These politicians rarely do anything for the benefit of the people out of the goodness of their heart, and this…

Mexico extradites corrupt former US Border Patrol Agent!

MEXICO CITY .- The government of Mexico extradited to the United States, an agent of the United States Border Patrol, accused of collaborating with drug traffickers for the entry of Mexican drug shipments into the United States through El Paso, Texas. With the surrender of former CBP agent Arturo Arzate Jr.. aka “Tury”, this brings to 103, the number suspects extradited abroad, of which 99…

11 Nuevo Laredo police officers, civilians, arrested by Federal Police

Editor’s Note: Anybody who thinks President Calderon and his government are not serious about fighting the cartels and suppressing the corruption, needs to think again. It is a new era in Mexico. The people are fed up with the violence and corruption and demanding change. Four police officers and seven civilians accused of working for Mexico’s powerful Gulf drug cartel were flown to the capital…

Ex Border Patrol Agent, wife, BUSTED!

A former Border Patrol agent and his wife, who also own the restaurant Burger Patrol, were arrested Thursday on charges of conspiracy to transport illegal immigrants.An indictment unsealed in federal court Friday alleges that on three occasions in 2007, David Cruz, 32, and Susana Lopez-Portillo De Cruz, 35, conspired to transport illegal immigrants by motor vehicle. The indictment alleges that the couple transported 10 illegal…

Former Border Patrol admits smuggling illegal immigrants

SAN DIEGO – A former U.S. Border Patrol agent pleaded guilty Friday to taking $100 for each carload of illegal immigrants that he helped get past one of his agency’s highway checkpoints.Jose Olivas Jr. admitted scouting a Border Patrol checkpoint on Interstate 5, north of San Diego, in his personal vehicle and then calling an accomplice to give him an all-clear to follow.