U-T San Diego
December 11, 2013
This past week, a scene that has become all too familiar in federal courts along the southwestern border unfolded in the courtroom of San Diego federal Judge Marilyn Huff when the trial of Lorne Leslie Jones got under way.
Jones is accused of taking bribes for nearly a decade in exchange for allowing drugs and unauthorized immigrants to enter the country. Federal prosecutors say he netted more than $500,000.
Jones, nicknamed “Hammer,” is a veteran Customs and Border Protection officer, one of thousands of law enforcement officers and agents tasked with securing the nation’s border. He’s also the latest to go on trial for betraying that trust.