A United States Customs officer was charged earlier this month in his attempt to import illicit drugs under the radar. The two-count criminal indictment against the 28-year-old CPB agent, Fernando Marte charged the man with “conspiring to import, and with importing, more than five kilograms of cocaine from the Dominican Republic.”
Per the Department of Justice, Marte ran the criminal enterprise for over a year, beginning in January of 2016. The officer escorted the smugglers inbound from the Dominican Republic through to baggage claim and past security protocols. The group of smugglers were hit with a surprise second checkpoint where additional CBP officers found 45 bricks of cocaine in the suitcases.
Angel Melendez, special agent in charge from Homeland Security stated, “for corrupt officers who think they can hide behind their badge as they engage in transnational criminal activities, today’s indictment shows you will be caught and brought to justice.” The acting director of CBP also weighed in stating, “there is no place in our ranks for individuals who violate our laws and break the trust of the American people.”