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New Border War: Corruption of U.S. Officials by Drug Cartels


Location: Dirksen Senate Office Building SD-342

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Member Statements


The purpose of this hearing was to review the efforts by drug trade organizations (DTOs) to infiltrate and corrupt federal, state, and local law enforcement in order to improve their ability to counter U.S. border control measures. The hearing established the scope and nature of resulting corruption in federal, state and local governments, where the problem is most prevalent, and the strategy and methods being employed by DTOs. The hearing also provided an opportunity for witnesses to outline efforts to combat this problem, including new or proposed programs and policies relating to the prevention of DTO-related corruption in our nation’s law enforcement and political entities.


Panel 1

  • Kevin L. Perkins
    Assistant Director, Criminal Investigative Division
    Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Department of Justice
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  • Thomas Frost
    Assistant Inspector General for Investigations
    Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
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  • James F. Tomsheck
    Assistant Commissioner, Office of Internal Affairs
    Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
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