Whistleblowers: Drug cartels throw fundraisers for U.S. officialsBy Stephen C. Webster
The Raw Story
Sep. 20, 2011
WATCH: Bernie Delegate Interviews Seat Filler at the DNC!
Austria: Syrian Migrant Caught 'Masturbating Next to Children's Playground'
IRS Launches Investigation Of Clinton Foundation
Historic? Malia Obama Skips Hillary's DNC Speech for Lollapalooza Music Festival
Poll: Trump Takes Lead Over Hillary After Gaining 17 Points in Two Weeks
Two former law enforcement officials who worked with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as confidential informants on probes into police corruption have come forward with allegations of drug cartel ties to top cops, judges and elected officials.
Greg Gonzales, a retired sheriff's deputy, and Wesley Dutton, a former New Mexico livestock investigator, told The El Paso Times that the FBI uncovered some "big names" in the course of one investigation, but it was dropped without result.
Both men helped with several investigations during their 18 months as confidential informants, the report says, including one that ended with the arrest of FBI special agent John Shipley, who was allegedly selling guns to cartel members.
But far from a sole bad apple, these two whistleblowers claim drug cartels wield tremendous influence over law enforcement and elected officials, even throwing fundraisers and parties attended by "bankers, judges, and law enforcement officers." Large campaign contributions, they added, have been made to help influence key appointments.
And perhaps one of the most outrageous claims in their report: law enforcement is said to have personally escorted drug shipments, dropped from small aircraft onto private ranches near the border, to their next stops along the distribution chain.