Sunday, October 08, 2006

Entire Mexican Police Force Under Investigation in Border Town

The BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) is reporting that the entire Tijuana Police Force is being investigated for drug trafficking.

The BBC reports:

In a move unprecedented in Mexico, the entire Tijuana police force is under investigation on suspicion of being involved in organized crime and drug trafficking. There are more than 2,300 police officers attached to various departments in Tijuana.

Tijuana Mayor Jorge Hank Rhon told the press " everyone from the policeman on the beat to the state police superintendent will be subject to this investigation."

Mr. Rhon says the majority of officers in his city are, in some way, involved with illegal drug trafficking or organized crime.

BBC story, here.

Recently, I did a post on problems on similar problems on the U.S. side of the border:

Insiders are a Threat to Securing our Borders

President Bush recently signed a bill to tighten up the border, which allocates $34.8 billion for 700 miles of fencing, 1500 new border agents and new detention facilities.

Fencing, more people to corrupt and new facilities will likely do little good unless the "greed" factor is addressed.

If we ever want to solve the problem of "border insecurity," we need to go after the money. As long as corrupt people (law enforcement officers are a small percentage) are making billions, people will be easily bought. And while law enforcement personnel going to the "dark side" makes a good story, there are a lot of other people getting rich off of illegal border activities.

Maybe the solution is to go after the people profiting the most from our "insecure borders" and work our way down?

Story about recent legislation from, here.

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