Party and sex, hook of the ‘narco’ to recruit US agents

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The drug traffickers Mexicans have not only corrupt to the Mexican police, butn recent years they have reached the security corporations of the United Stateswhom they have also bought at point of big billssex parties and prostitutes.

Reports from the United States Senate, the Department of Homeland Security and a review of the archives of the United States Department of Justice reveal that for a decade they have warned that agents of corporations such as the Border Patrol (CBP) and the United States Drug Enforcement Agencys (DEA) were in danger of being infiltrated by the tentacles of organized crime.

“These cartels in Mexico are very powerful. We should not underestimate their ability to try to corrupt US law enforcement agencies. The Mexican drug and the cartels have drug operations in 230 cities in the United States”, warned senators and directors of the most important corporations. Today, the warning has been fulfilled.

CBP reports give an overview of the seriousness of the problem: during 2020, 86 agents were investigated for drug-related matters, while four for acts of corruption.

A year later, 127 agents were investigateds for drug-related issues, while nine for corruption. So far in 2022, 73 agents have been investigated for drugs and three for corruption.

The DEA has not disclosed its figures; however, in a review of the Justice Department files, Between 2020 and 2021, five cases involving corruption were registereddrugs and money laundering.

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MILLENNIUM He had access to the investigations that were carried out in the last five years, among which are interceptions of telephone calls to agents of the DEA and the Border Patrol, corrupted by the same targets they were investigating.

US congressional documents show that Mexican cartels corrupt agents by inviting them to sex parties or supplying them with prostitutes.

colluded agents

Photo: Marcelo Bello

The story of Manuel Recio, a veteran DEA agent, It is a clear example of how drug traffickers have reached the most important and confidential circles of power and information in that country.

Recio was not the typical retiree who looks towards the sea from the porch of his house: in 2018 he decided to set up his own business, taking advantage of the contacts and information to which he still had access, after having made key friendships since 1997 when he entered the agency.

founded the consulting company Global Legal Consulting, which provided private investigation services to criminal defense attorneys and also helped recruit clients.

In addition, Recio offered a VIP service: in collusion with another active DEA agent, Juan Constanzo, they extracted information from the agency’s systems, such as sealed accusations with which they notified their clients of the open investigations against them, identities of other defendants and even the date they would be arrested.

They did it through DEA Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Information System (NADDIS), a tool that contains information about people who are or have been under investigation. It was thus that Recio recruited his new clients and even gave them access to his research.

Border Patrol Agents.  (Photo: Jose Luis Gonzalez)

Photo: Jose Luis Gonzalez

The interception of calls reveals that among the VIP clients of DEA agentsThere were the Mexican drug traffickers, “targets” of the Anti-Drug Agency.

—Costanzo: Hey

—Recio: What’s up my friend?

—Costanzo: He is a friendly DEA agent.

—Recio: Oh, and where is he?

—Costanzo: In the Special Operations Division.

Recio: Oh, that’s fine.

—Costanzo: But I think he is preparing to go somewhere abroad.

—Recio: Oh, and do you want to work with that guy?

Costanzo: Yes.

—Rough: Good.

—Costanzo: Yes, but don’t worry… Let me call him.

—Recio: No, no, we don’t want to call him yet. It is (information) for someone with whom we can work, it is a Mexican target (from the DEA).

According to these calls, the idea of ​​Constanzo and Recio was to negotiate with an active DEA colleague to help them obtain information for a Mexican client, who was one of the Drug Enforcement Agency’s targets.

Both of them DEA agents managed to slip away from the authorities until this year, since they used a payment scheme through third parties and special phones for bribes.

The most relevant aspect of this case was the unrestricted access they had to the famous database, where you only have to type the name of the person or their date of birth, to locate absolutely their entire criminal life. It was a worldwide search of DEA records, including field agent reports, intelligence, investigation. All.

The payments that Recio and Constanzo received ranged from 2,500 dollars, to bribes of 50,000 and 70,000 dollars that were delivered in cash or cashier’s checks to their relatives.

Border Patrol Agents.  (Photo: Mike Blake)

Photo: mike blake

Although no further names are revealed, the investigation revealed that the clients who benefited from this confidential information were accused of drug-related charges. In fact, both reviewed the list of drug traffickers and criminals who had been recently accused, in order to contact them and offer them their espionage services.

They even managed to meet with DEA ​​informants to put them in contact with these criminals. It was precisely one of these informants who recorded his conversations with these former agents for the FBI.

“On July 31, 2019, Constanzo provided Recio with information regarding the impending confidential plan for the arrest of a high-level drug trafficker, with whom Recio was recently in contact. He was actually trying to recruit him as a client. Constanzo warned him that the coup would take place in two weeks,” the document states.

The DEA tried to make the arrest, but the drug trafficker was already warned. Both have been jailed and are currently facing criminal proceedings in New York. The maximum sentence they could receive is 15 years.

The cartel delivery men

Border Patrol Agents.  (Photo: AP)

Photo: AP

But the DEA is not the only corporation that drug traffickers have reached: The Border Patrol has become the target of drug traffickers, as they have realized that they can easily corrupt them to get their drugs across the border.

Carlos Victor Passapera Pinott, 53, a Border Patrol agent assigned to the Tucson area, in Arizona, bordering Sonora. On August 11, 2020, an investigation revealed that Passapera left his residence and drove south to a remote area of ​​the border west of the Lukeville port of entry.

Passapera then drove to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, where he loaded two duffel bags into another vehicle. Law enforcement officers took his partner into custody, finding cocaine, heroin and fentanyl in the bags.

Later, they found $329,000 in cash at his home and an additional $40,000 in his vehicle. Passapera picked up drugs from Mexican drug traffickers at the border and later delivered them to the airport.

Currently He is incarcerated and is facing legal proceedingsor collusion with drug traffickers. Like the other who helped Mexican drug traffickers smuggle cocaine across the border was Oberlin Cortez Pena Jr., just 22 years old. The agent also faces trial.

Prostitutes for the DEA

Border Patrol Agents.  (Photo: Jose Luis Gonzalez)

Photo: Jose Luis Gonzalez

Since 2010, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee warned that the collusion of US agents with Mexican drug cartels was beginning to show. They even expressed concern about the new hires, as they had information that they might be intentionally trying to infiltrate “on behalf of the cartels.”

“There are people who clearly came to CBP with the sole purpose of being corrupt and taking advantage of the powers they have as employees to promote their participation in a criminal organization,” they said during the appearance titled New Border War: Corruption of US Officials by Drug Cartels.

At that time it was said that Convicted 1,600 federal, state, and local officialss, and that there were 2,500 ongoing corruption investigations related to drugs and Mexican cartels.

For 2015, the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security and Investigations revealed that drug cartels invited DEA agents, who participated in “sex parties” with prostitutes supplied by drug cartels.

In 2018, during the trial of Joaquin El Chapo Guzman, it was revealed through court documents that the Sinaloa cartel had bribed DEA agents with prostitutes in exchange for their fidelity.

JJuan Carlos Ramírez, Guzmán’s partner and his contact in Colombia, told how they managed to bribe DEA agents in exchange for sex, money and prostitution.