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September 20, 1988 | JANE FRITSCH, Times Staff Writer
A former U.S. Customs Service inspector was sentenced to 17 years in prison and fined $1.7 million Monday for taking bribes to wave cars and trucks loaded with marijuana across the U.S. border at San Ysidro. Federal prosecutors said the jail term and fine, imposed by U.S. District Judge Rudi M. Brewster, were the stiffest penalties in memory stemming from an official corruption case.
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September 20, 1988 | JANE FRITSCH, Times Staff Writer
A former U.S. Customs Service inspector was sentenced to 17 years in prison and fined $1.7 million Monday for taking bribes to wave cars and trucks loaded with marijuana across the U.S. border at San Ysidro. Federal prosecutors said the jail term and fine, imposed by U.S. District Judge Rudi M. Brewster, were the stiffest penalties in memory stemming from an official corruption case.
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May 25, 1988
A former part-time U.S. Customs inspector, accused of waving truckloads of marijuana across the border checkpoint last year, pleaded guilty in San Diego to committing official corruption. Jose Angel Barron, 41, of San Ysidro also pleaded guilty to money-laundering and possessing more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana with intent to distribute. Assistant U.S. Atty. Phillip L.B. Halpern said Barron could be sentenced to life in federal prison--plus a 35-year consecutive term--on the charges.
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May 25, 1988 | RALPH FRAMMOLINO, Times Staff Writer
A former part-time U.S. Customs inspector, accused of waving truckloads of marijuana across the border checkpoint last year, pleaded guilty Tuesday to committing official corruption. Jose Angel Barron, 41, of San Ysidro also pleaded guilty to money-laundering and possessing more than 1,000 kilos of marijuana with intent to distribute. Assistant U.S. Atty. Phillip L. B. Halpern said Barron could be sentenced to life in federal prison--plus a 35-year consecutive term--on the charges.
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May 6, 1987 | JIM SCHACHTER, Times Staff Writer
A part-time U.S. Customs inspector at the San Ysidro border crossing acted as a "major conduit" for the import of thousands of pounds of marijuana into the United States, federal investigators charged Tuesday. The charges of official corruption and drug smuggling against Jose Angel Barron, 40, of San Ysidro were described as part of a nationwide crackdown, called Operation Clean Sweep, aimed at rooting out graft among U.S. Customs Service agents and officers, Customs officials said.
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June 13, 1987 | JIM SCHACHTER, Times Staff Writer
A Rancho Santa Fe stockbroker helped a Tijuana karate champion turned boxing promoter use the San Diego office of giant Prudential Bache Securities to launder nearly $180,000 in illicit proceeds garnered from an international marijuana smuggling operation, a federal prosecutor alleged in court Friday. The broker, Randy Schroeder, has not been charged with any crimes, according to Assistant U.S. Atty. Phillip L.B. Halpern.
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May 6, 1987 | JIM SCHACHTER, Times Staff Writer
A San Diego city parks manager used his part-time job as a U.S. Customs inspector at the San Ysidro border crossing for more than a year to wave through cars and trucks loaded with thousands of pounds of marijuana, federal investigators charged Tuesday. The graft and drug-smuggling charges against Jose Angel Barron, 40, of San Ysidro are part of a nationwide crackdown--called "Operation Clean Sweep"--aimed at rooting out corruption among U.S.
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June 16, 1987 | JIM SCHACHTER, Times Staff Writer
A yearlong crackdown on corruption in the U.S. Customs Service has uncovered serious--though not widespread--drug-related improprieties among border and port inspectors nationwide, a top customs officer said Monday. Code-named Operation Clean Sweep, the campaign was launched last June after a widely publicized attack by Customs Commissioner William Von Raab on the integrity of law enforcement officials in Mexico. The operation has resulted in 16 criminal prosecutions of U.S.
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June 16, 1987 | JIM SCHACHTER, Times Staff Writer
A sweeping, yearlong crackdown on corruption in the U.S. Customs Service has uncovered serious--though not widespread--drug-related improprieties among border and port inspectors nationwide, a top customs officer said Monday. Code-named "Operation Clean Sweep," the campaign was launched last June on the heels of a widely publicized attack by Customs Commissioner William von Raab on the integrity of law enforcement officials in Mexico.
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December 20, 1988 | JOHN KENDALL, Times Staff Writer
Is it the tip of an iceberg or a minor aberration? Signs of corruption among narcotics law enforcement officers are cropping up from one end of the country to the other: big city cops in New York, Washington and Miami, rural sheriffs in Georgia, a federal prosecutor in Boston and government agents and customs officials in California. No one is certain how widespread the taint may be. No one keeps such statistics.
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