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DHS Employees Arrested for Child Porn, Drug Smuggling, Fraudulent Documents and Other Crimes

By Laura Spadanuta

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) investigators arrested employees at a rate of about six per week in 2011, according to a new report from the DHS Office of the Inspector General.

More than 1,300 investigations initiated out of 19,848 allegations reviewed in 2011 resulted in 318 arrests and 260 convictions.

Among the crimes committed by the various DHS employees and agents are selling law enforcement information, robbing drug traffickers, importing steroids, accepting bribes, false documentation, smuggling drugs, human trafficking, and child pornography.

According to Wired.com's Danger Room blog:

 In short: There are a lot of dirty immigration and border officers.

That might send the wrong impression. DHS is a massive agency of more than 225,000 employees. Within DHS, sub-agency Customs and Border Protection has more than doubled in recent years to nearly 59,000 employees. Maybe it’s not so surprising an organization of that size has a few bad apples. There’s also some good news. The number of arrests is going down: there were 519 arrests in 2010, compared to the 318 last year. Still, within that number includes some serious crimes.

That article quotes findings from Arizona Daily Star about the trends in DHS officer crime:

There’s also a caveat. While the numbers of arrests have fallen this year, the long-term trend of cases against CBP agents, at least, has been on a rise since 2004, according to the Arizona Daily Star. Between 2004 and 2010, the number of cases doubled. Former Border Patrol agent Lee Morgan told the Daily Star the increase was due to the agency expanding its ranks so quickly. “This is just such a tarnish on the badge of the U.S. Border Patrol,” he told the paper.

According to the Center for Public Integrity, fiscal year 2012 has yielded 146 agent convictions.


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