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CBP Statement

Release Date: 
August 21, 2020

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer was taken in to custody on August 19, 2020.  The officer is alleged to have accepted a bribe to allow a shipment of cocaine to be smuggled through the Pharr Port of Entry.  The arrest is the result of an investigation led by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security-Office of Inspector General (DHS-OIG) and CBP-Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) in coordination with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).

CBP does not tolerate corruption or abuse within our ranks. CBP has robust measures in place to detect corruption and our OPR works closely with other agencies, including DHS OIG and the FBI-led Border Corruption Task Forces when allegations arise.  Actions such as the conduct alleged in this case constitute a profound betrayal of public trust and are deeply disappointing to all law enforcement professionals. CBP has a rich tradition of honor and integrity in every aspect of our mission, and the overwhelming majority of CBP employees and officers perform their duties with honor and distinction, working tirelessly every day to keep our country safe.

CBP is committed to upholding all laws and substantiated criminal misconduct is referred for judicial action and any associated public statements or press releases are handled by federal, state or local prosecutors.

Last modified: 
August 21, 2020