U.S. Border Patrol Arrest Smugglers Disguised as Law Enforcement Officers

NILAND, Calif. – On June 2, 2011, U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio station arrested two smugglers disguised as law enforcement officers attempting to transport over $2.6 million dollars of narcotics through the Highway 111 checkpoint near Niland.

The incident occurred at approximately 7 p.m., when a Border Patrol canine team at primary inspection alerted to a blue Chevrolet Silverado occupied by what appeared to be corrections officers from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.  As agents directed the men over to secondary for further inspection, the driver accelerated, fleeing northbound from the scene at a high rate of speed.

Cuts in Proposed Budget – Will “Cripple” Anti-Gang and Anti-Drug Efforts

Imperial County District Attorney Gilbert Otero and Attorney General Kamala D. Harris visit a drug tunnel at the Mexican border earlier this year.

Law enforcement leaders from across the state of California today criticized the deep cuts to the Department of Justice’s law enforcement budget that specifically targeted anti-gang and anti-drug programs.