The US Border Patrol is there to ensure that nothing unauthorized crosses over into the United States from Mexico. The illicit activity that they are tasked with regulating the most is drugs. Judging from the ocean of drugs that flood the streets of the nation, it seems that they don’t do so hot a job. Either that, or there is major corruption among the ranks of Border Patrol personnel. A recent case coming out of Arizona of a US Border Patrol agent getting busted with major weight in a car he was driving reinforces the latter.
On November 18, agent Juan Pimentel, 47, was stopped in his rental car by troopers from the Arizona Department of Public Safety. According to a criminal complaint filed, Pimentel consented to a car search which led to the discovery of four black suitcases. The suitcases contained a combined 50 bundles of blow, weighting two pounds each. When asked about the bundles, Pimentel denied that they were his at first, but later admited that he’d been paid $50,000 to take them to Chicago, a major drug hub for Mexican cartels, especially the Sinaloa Cartel.
Pimentel remains detained in Arizona on informal charges of possession with intent to distribute. He has not filed a plea, because he has not been formally indicted. In dramatic fashion, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske announced, “Let me tell you that when he is convicted or pleads guilty to that charge that the badge that he had as a United States Border Patrol agent will be destroyed — it will never be worn again by another Border Patrol agent.”