Monday, March 26, 2007

Bribed Border agent convicted

Story: "An American border inspector was sentenced Monday to nearly six years in prison for taking cash and cars from smugglers, allowing them to shuttle illegal immigrants from Mexico into the United States.

Richard Elizalda, a 10-year veteran of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, worked at the world's busiest border crossing, the San Ysidro Port of Entry between Tijuana, Mexico, and San Diego. Investigators said he sent text messages directing smugglers to his inspection lane, then waved their vehicles through.

In return, he received as much as $1,000 for each immigrant, totaling $120,000 in cash starting in 2004.

"This is a terrible thing that you did," U.S. District Judge Larry A. Burns said. "You're one of the gatekeepers of the safety and security of the United States and you abdicated that role." "

Glad they caught him.

4 comments:

Mercy Now said...

Yes, crime never pays as it will eventually catch up to you and when OJ thinks he has gotten away with it in this life, he will have to answer to God one day.

Mercy Now said...

Yo, King David said TX ain't big enough for two PalmBoys:o)

Gino said...

this is bullshit!

g bush has been waving them in by the thousands everyday.
as far as i see it, this dude was just carrying out federal policy, as dictated by mexico for years now.

Palm boy said...

Mercy, it seems like you just carried David's gauntlet over here.

Gino, whatever.
W has been waving them by, but he hasn't been paid well for it. The difference is that one is a charity case, and the other is make a profit.

Or something like that. Point taken.