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The history of the US Customs dates back to 1789 The Customs department was one of the first agencies to come to life It is a branch of the department of treasury responsible for levying and collecting taxes on imported goods In the early 1900s most government income was received from the Customs Service The revenue it raises is now exceeded only by that brought in by the Internal Revenue Service Corruption in this department dates all the way back to the Civil War Pay for Customs agents wasnt the greatest but somehow they still ended up with plenty of money The customs department has had to deal with problems from prohibition to drug trafficking My paper will focus on corruption within the US Customs mainly the findings of government reports and the real life experiences of Customs Agents I chose to write my paper on corruption within the Customs Department for several reasons The war on drugs has always fascinated me I have always had an anti-drug belief I also have a boyfriend that works for the government We often discuss corruption within different government agencies In talking with him and through research I have realized the government chosen to protect this country from the flow of illegal drugs is fighting a major battlemost of the time against themselves There are several reports stating that high ranking Customs supervisors are responsible for violating rules and regulations taking kick-backs and essentially letting illegal drugs flow into this country without so much as batting a lash and anyone who gets in the way or questions authority is disposed of A recent report by Rebecca Hagelin notes that on an average day anywhere form 500 to 1000 rail cars full of illegal narcotics enter freely into the US She also reports that the rail cars entering our country are controlled by the Arellano-Felix cartel She attributes these illegal crossing into the US to corrupt US Customs officials
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