I guess with everybody paying attention to Operation OIL GRAB, some of our “heroes” needed to up the ante to get some attention or get paid.
TUCSON, Arizona (AP) — Pretending to be cocaine traffickers, undercover FBI agents in Arizona snared 16 current and former law enforcement officers and U.S. soldiers who accepted more than $222,000 in bribes to help move the drugs past checkpoints, the government said Thursday.
Those charged include a former Immigration and Naturalization Service inspector, a former Army sergeant, a former federal prison guard, seven members of the Arizona Army National Guard, five members of the Arizona Department of Corrections and a police officer, officials said.
“Many individuals charged were sworn personnel having the task of protecting society and securing America’s borders,” Monroe said. “The importance of these tasks cannot be overstated and we cannot tolerate, nor can the American people afford, this type of corruption.”
In one instance in 2002, several of those charged met an aircraft piloted by undercover FBI agents that was carrying 132 pounds of cocaine at a remote desert airstrip, officials said. In full uniform, they supervised the loading of the cocaine into two military Humvees assigned to the National Guard and another government vehicle, then drove to a resort hotel in Phoenix. There, another undercover agent posing as a trafficker paid them off in cash, the Justice Department said.
In order to protect the shipments of cocaine, the defendants wore their official uniforms and carried their official forms of identification, used official vehicles, and used their color of authority, where necessary, to prevent police stops, searches, and seizures of the narcotics as they drove the cocaine shipments on highways that passed through checkpoints manned by the U.S. Border Patrol, the Arizona Department of Public Safety, and Nevada law enforcement officers. Many of the defendants also accepted additional cash bribes in return for recruiting other public officials they believed to be corrupt to further facilitate the activities of the fictitious narcotics trafficking organization.
Money corrrupts alot of people, but since 911, the cocaine cartels have upped the ante on our borders by making it really profitable for Homeland Security peeps to help them ply the powder. I wonder if OPEC thinks the same way?
God damnit! Dirty cops should be shot and soldiers who disgrace their country should be banished from the USA.
Fucking dickheads….anybody who sympathizes with these creeps can eat some protein for lunch too….grrrr…
SKUNK trumps CRUNK