Here is an excerpt from Christopher Sherman's Associated Press article:
"A former Texas sheriff was sentenced to more than five years in federal prison Thursday for helping Mexican smugglers move drugs through his county on the U.S.-Mexico border in exchange for thousands of dollars in bribes. U.S. District Judge Randy Crane sentenced former Starr County Sheriff Reymundo 'Rey' Guerra to 64 months in prison and four years of supervised release. The sentence was less than the eight to 10 years recommended under federal sentencing guidelines, but Guerra admitted his guilt early and cooperated with authorities, Crane said. FBI agents arrested Guerra at his office in October. Prosecutors termed Guerra a 'minor participant' in a drug trafficking conspiracy busted by operation 'Carlito's Weigh'... Prosecutors say Guerra made it easier for people tied to the Gulf Cartel to move drugs into the United States and, at least once, intervened in one of his own department's investigations to try to throw deputies off. He pleaded guilty in May to conspiring to distribute narcotics. Guerra apologized to his family, community and 'to the men and women who wear the badge. I'm sorry I let them down.'" Link to Full Article
Analysis: I can't stand to read articles like this because I always hate to be reminded that there are plenty of dirty federal, state, and local law enforcement officers out there. I posted on this issue in April, and my feelings about it haven't changed: corrupt border agents and cops need to be arrested, tried, and thrown in jail. I worked in law enforcement for over eight years, and I think "the code" among cops is a bunch of crap. Maybe I feel that way because I was a military/federal agent and my agency didn't have nearly as many internal issues like that as a large municipal department or federal agency. Regardless, I know there are a LOT of temptations out there for border agents and cops. But they're expected to be better people and rise above that. I know it can be a lot to ask, especially when many are out there risking their lives for our safety. However, just like the military, they're risking their lives voluntarily, and that doesn't entitle them to extra money or perks through bribes or other illegal activity.
Sam Logan, an author and journalist who REALLY knows what he's talking about regarding Mexico and Latin America, had some great comments on this story in his own blog:
"On the border, they can choose not to stop a car that they know is full of contraband. Border sheriffs, likewise, may choose not to focus their investigative force on specific subjects, or a specific hot spot in the county, because their criminal employers have asked him to simply look the other way. In the criminal world, there is likely no other job that is easier than looking the other way... Kudos for the FBI on taking this guy out. He is a disgrace to all men and women who wear a badge, and, unfortunately, stands as yet another example of how our law enforcement officials here in the US are not immune to the corruptive force of Mexican drug trafficking."