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Customs agent arrested in border corruption probe

A newly arrived illegal immigrant, caught in Arizona by the U.S. Border Patrol, is initially processed at Tucson Sector U.S. Border Patrol Headquarters Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, in Tucson, Ariz.

A newly arrived illegal immigrant, caught in Arizona by the U.S. Border Patrol, is initially processed at Tucson Sector U.S. Border Patrol Headquarters Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, in Tucson, Ariz.

SAN DIEGO — A Customs agent in San Diego has been arrested on allegations he knowingly allowed a convicted immigrant smuggler into the United States, among other things.

The FBI in San Diego and U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Monday announced the arrest of Thomas Silva, a nine-year veteran agent.

Silva is accused of allowing convicted immigrant smuggler Julio Cesar Landaverde to enter the U.S. from Mexico through the San Ysidro crossing in April.

Prosecutors say Landaverde is Silva's brother-in-law.

Silva was arrested Friday at the San Ysidro port of entry.

Prosecutors say Silva also illegally earned roughly $7,300 off a false insurance claim on the theft of his personal vehicle.

Silva is charged with wire fraud and concealing a person from arrest. He's due to appear in court Monday.

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Albanite 1 year, 7 months ago

For those a bit slow on the uptake - its called the drug business. Its why politicians are paid to keep it illegal, its why your President refuses to increase border security, its why politicians in the South and West allow illegals to stay and its where 300 billion US dollars are lost every year through an underground and unregulated economy. Legalize, regulate and tax pot - people who smoke weed will always find it anyway - and watch the violence and graft along the borders stop, the prisons begin to clear out, law enforcement can concentrate resources on more serious crimes, people will stop fearing pre-employment drug tests and will go back to work, consumers will stop fearing insurance drug tests and will get coverage, all while the US economy roars back to life.

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