Our 2017 Holiday Party was held at the San Diego Auto Museum, and we had a presentation on Border Corruption.
A Special Agent from the San Diego FBI Division’s Public Corruption Squad and the Public Corruption Task Force provided a presentation about public corruption, including several San Diego area case examples. The federal government is responsible for protecting approximately 7,000 miles along the U.S. border and 95,000 miles of U.S. shoreline, and every day, over a million people visit the U.S. and enter through one of the more than 300 official ports of entry into the U.S., as well as through seaports and international airports. Common acts of border corruption involve drug trafficking and alien smuggling. Throughout the U.S., the FBI has investigated corrupt government and law enforcement officials who accept bribes and gratuities in return for allowing loads of drugs or aliens to pass through ports of entry or checkpoints; protecting and escorting loads of contraband; overlooking contraband; providing needed documents, such as immigration papers and driver’s licenses; leaking sensitive law enforcement information; and conducting unauthorized records checks.
Public corruption, the FBI’s top criminal investigative priority, poses a fundamental threat to our national security and way of life. The FBI is uniquely situated to combat corruption, with the skills and capabilities to run complex undercover operations and surveillance. To learn more about public corruption, go to https://www.fbi.gov/investigate/public-corruption.