The arrest of 18 airport employees by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) a few weeks ago is another indication that the border is not yet secure.
The investigation at
ICE and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of New York (EDNY) stated that 100 lbs of cocaine, 55 lbs of heroin and 3 kilos of ecstasy were seized during this investigation which began in 2005 with the discovery of a left-over bag containing narcotics. The narcotics were smuggled in luggage, accessed by the conspirators at JFK and removed prior to customs examination.
Conspiracies among employees working at and within the “secure border” area at our air and marine facilities continue to be a major national security concern. These employees, operating independent of constant government scrutiny and supervision, exploit their access to these areas to violate the security so important to protecting the
Post 9/11 security enhancements instituted by DHS and many of the Port Authorities operating
My experience tells me that ICE at
Narcotics, in and of itself, is a significant threat to the United States, not only because of the damage it causes within our society but also because it is a source of funds to finance other criminal and terrorist activity. But the thought that these organizations could utilize this access and knowledge to enter a weapon — be it biological, chemical or radiological — is and continues to be a major concern of federal law enforcement.