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By John Bailey, Roy Goodson

ISBN-10: 0822941465

ISBN-13: 9780822941460

The US-Mexico border sector in now the most risky on the planet. the diversity of illegal activity on the border now extends past medications to incorporate the smuggling of fingers, humans, cars, and environmentally harmful components. This name defines the truth of the location.

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S. -Mexican border is the main hurdle for criminals. S. border control agencies. S. S. 38 Also, state and local police in the counties along the border can be targets. The corruption may involve individual officers or teams of officers and may be complex and sustained over a period of time. Contributions by criminals to the election campaigns of county police chiefs may project corruption into the broader political arena, but at a local level. In the interior communities of the borderlands, criminal gangs may target law enforcement officers on a sustained basis.

The consolidation of power by victorious groups in Mexico’s north coincided with Prohibition in the United States (roughly 1920–1935), which laid the foundations for criminal-political cooperation in Mexico and the border region. S. Cold War outlook, in effect nationalized what had been regional patterns of politically controlled criminal enterprises. The Cold War outlooks also contributed to a permissive environment for the interior ministry’s DFS. The breakdown of the authoritarian system since the mid-1980s in turn coincided with the upsurge of cocaine smuggling and the dramatic accumulation of power by drug traffickers, creating possibilities for the first time that criminal gangs could gain the initiative over government.

Criminals seek to insulate themselves as much as possible from law enforcement and submerge themselves in particular ethnic or racial subcommunities. Border control officers or law enforcement officers in the counties and municipalities along the border who are acting as individuals may commit corrupt acts on an ad hoc basis. Maverick law enforcement officers in the interior communities may commit corrupt acts in isolated incidences. But corruption is not ongoing or widespread in law enforcement agencies and does not reach into the judiciary.

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