The United States maintains 13 special teams on the border with Mexico to investigate public corruption cases prompted by the Mexican cartels, said the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Robert Mueller.
FBI investigates cases of corruption prompted by the drug at the border
At least 127 EU Customs agents have been arrested until last June for corruption, including drug trafficking human smuggling, money laundering and criminal conspiracy in recent years.
In an appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Mueller said that even though he had to reassign 500 billion anti-drug agents to tasks of national security, combating public corruption remains a top priority for the agency.
“The FBI continues to devote resources to 13 task forces aimed at blocking the efforts of the Mexican organizations to corrupt public officials,” said Mueller.
A separate report from the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CPB) argued that the dismantling of the Mexican cartels and increased recruitment of agents ‘incentives and opportunities amplified corruption CBP agents’.
“The rapid pace with which we have operated from 2006 to 2008 and the mistakes we’ve learned exposed critical vulnerabilities in organizational and individual CBP”, admitted in June to Congress its director Alan Bersin.
In addition, CBP held 613 open investigations of employees of which 267 (44 percent) involve acts of corruption and 209 (34 percent) for suspicious behavior. The number of complaints rose three thousand 12 in 2004 to four thousand 162 in 2010.
Mueller told the Judiciary Committee that seeks to work with other agencies within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to develop public corruption investigations.
‘And let the DHS (Homeland Security) to define which partners must work with the understanding that public corruption is a significant issue and that these cases must be addressed and addressed quickly, “said the director of the FBI.
In his testimony, Mueller made it clear that the reallocation of tasks drug agents was driven national security since the attacks of September 11, when two thousand agents assigned to counterterrorism matters.
Of the total, about 500 thousand were engaged in the fight against drugs and 500 criminal investigations of white-collar, financial crimes that include or fraud.
Mueller, a former Vietnam hero and lawyer, took over a week before the attacks of September 11 and is credited for changing the culture of the FBI to an agency dedicated to domestic crimes to counterterrorism research institute.
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