DRUG CARTELS ARE PAYING BORDER PATROL OFFICERS TO SMUGGLE PEOPLE AND DRUGS INTO THE U.S., CBS NEWS INVESTIGATIVE CORRESPONDENT SHARYL ATTKISSON REVEALS ON “CBS SUNDAY MORNING WITH CHARLES OSGOOD”
FBI SPECIAL AGENT TERRY REED TELLS ATTKISSON: “I WILL TELL YOU THAT DRUG CARTELS ARE BECOMING INCREASINGLY AGGRESSIVE IN TARGETING AND RECRUITING OFFICERS TO WORK WITH THEM”
Photo Caption: (L-R) FBI Special Agent, Terry Reed, Sharyl Attkisson
Mexican drug cartels are using money, drugs and sex to pay off corrupt U.S. Border Patrol agents in order to smuggle drugs and people into the United States, CBS News Investigative Correspondent, Sharyl Attkisson reports this weekend on CBS SUNDAY MORNING WITH CHARLES OSGOOD.
“I will tell you that drug cartels are becoming increasingly aggressive in targeting and recruiting officers to work with them,” FBI Special Agent, Terry Reed, tells Attkisson. “They’re using cold war style tactics – money, sex, drugs – to convince officers to work with them and to help get their products and their people across the border.”
In the report, to be broadcast Jan. 13, 2013 on CBS SUNDAY MORNING (9:00 AM ET) on the CBS Television Network, Attkisson reveals that while the vast majority of the federal agents guarding the borders are honest, drug cartels are working harder than ever to infiltrate their ranks. A new Inspector General report lists 358 convictions of Customs and Border Protection agents and their associates since 2004. Misconduct complaints are up by more than 75%, Attkisson reports.
Reed tells Attkisson that one agent arrested for corruption was making $2,000 for every person smuggled across the border into the United States. He also says that the FBI is concerned that the cartels could collaborate with terrorist organizations to smuggle more than people across the border.
“It’s what keeps us up at night,” Reed says. “It’s what drives our behavior. Whether it’s a terrorist or the components to a dirty bomb being smuggled into the US, we know that these vehicles are not being inspected by corrupt officers – they’re being waved through the checkpoints.”
Attkisson’s report will be broadcast Jan. 13, 2013 on CBS SUNDAY MORNING (9:00 AM, ET) on the CBS Television Network. Rand Morrison is the executive producer.