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Column: Ex-ICE Agent Worried About Mexican Drug Cartels Getting to U.S. Law Enforcement

Marty Ficke/security debrief

Marty Ficke

By Marty Ficke
Security DeBrief

The arrest of Richard Cramer earlier this month is very disturbing news for many reasons.

Personally disturbing to me, not only because I am a former ICE Special Agent and Supervisor, but also because of the damage incidents like this have on inter-agency cooperation, and in this case, international cooperation.

It should remind all agents, officers, prosecutors, analysts, and staff of the importance and necessity to “compartmentalize” any and all information relating to sensitive investigations and law enforcement activities. It reinforces the necessity of operational security and the policy of controlling access to “on a need to know basis”.

Cramer was arrested by DEA on September 4th for his participation in a conspiracy to provide members of a Mexican drug cartel with information and background on U.S. narcotics enforcement activities.

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Ex-ICE Agent Charged With Cocaine Trafficking and Aiding Mexican Cartels

This case is just another example of the danger the Mexican drug cartels pose to the U.S. Not only have the cartels penetrated the government of Mexico, but they’ve managed to infiltrate U.S. law enforcement. Money corrupts. And there’s plenty to go around.


By Robert Anglen and Daniel González
The Arizona Republic

The former agent in charge of the Nogales office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has been arrested on charges of cocaine trafficking and public corruption for aiding Mexican drug cartels.

Ricard Cramer, who was stationed in Mexico before retiring in 2007, was arrested Friday at his home in Green Valley. He appeared before a federal judge, who denied bail.

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