A U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer thought he was being introduced to Irma Perez, a 30-something cafeteria worker at the San Ysidro Port of Entry, as a possible romantic connection.
But she wanted something else from the officer: his cooperation smuggling immigrants through his inspection lane. In exchange, he would be paid $4,000 per person.
It’s a scenario that has played out across the U.S.-Mexico border for years, resulting in border corruption charges against numerous federal officers.
However, this officer reported Perez’s proposal to authorities and was part of an undercover sting that led to her arrest.
On Thursday, Perez was...