Mexico replaces customs agents

| 8/17/2009

The Mexican government has replaced all 700 of its customs inspectors at border crossings, ports and airports.

They’re being replaced with a force of 1,400 new agents who are mostly college-educated and are reportedly better trained to sniff out drugs, weapons and consumer goods that are smuggled into Mexico to avoid import duties.

CBS News reported that the clean sweep of customs agents is part of a broader effort to root out corruption and ensure that the government gets paid taxes on imports.

Mexico is also trying to seize more guns, which are smuggled in and end up in the hands of ruthless drug gangs.

According to the Mexican government, customs agents have been checking only 10 percent of the 230,000 vehicles that cross the border each day.