Deep in the Shadows: Undercover in the Ruthless World of Human Smuggling

Deep in the Shadows: Undercover in the Ruthless World of Human Smuggling

by Hipolito Acosta


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You have a lot of enemies, Hipólito. I heard rumors in jail that some of the people you busted are going to try to kill you, so you better watch yourself. U.S. Special Agent Hipólito Acosta had put lots of thugs in jail, but the death threat from an imprisoned convict was still a shock.
Acosta recounts his often-dangerous exploits as a law enforcement agent over more than 30 years, which frequently included going undercover as a human smuggler or an undocumented immigrant. He targeted those who took advantage of immigrants, stuffing them into car trunks for hours-long drives from the border to the north; counterfeiters who, for the right price, provided false social security cards and other papers; and even corrupt agents who earned significant financial rewards on the backs of desperate migrants.
Though catching drug dealers wasnt in his job description, when the opportunity to take them down presented itself, Acosta enthusiastically compliedeven if he had to do it without the support of governmental agencies. And later in his career, diplomatic postings in the Philippines and Mexico expanded his experience with immigration issues.
This exciting memoir of a life spent in pursuit of human traffickers is an eye-opening look at smugglers and other criminals involved in the sale of counterfeit documents, narcotics and weapons.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781558858442
Publisher: Arte Publico Press
Publication date: 03/28/2017
Sales rank: 787,895
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Acknowledgments 317

Chapter 1 Rendition in Nicaragua 1

Chapter 2 The Journey Begins 16

Chapter 3 Lovely Couples-Neighborhood Counterfeiters 24

Chapter 4 Castros' Castoffs 49

Chapter 5 Drivers Licenses for Sale 74

Chapter 6 An Amateur Dope Dealer Pays a Professional Price 97

Chapter 7 Operation Villasana Ciudad Juárez 112

Chapter 8 Not All Were Friends 130

Chapter 9 Human Smuggling Ring Broken 151

Chapter 10 River Rats and Three Smuggling Gangs 181

Chapter 11 Two Bad Apples-No Use for Crooked Agents 202

Chapter 12 Operation Black Rose-Columbian Gold 214

Chapter 13 New Challenges in a Diplomatic Assignment 235

Chapter 14 World War II Veterans-Deserving Americans 249

Chapter 15 Back on the Border-the Southern Side 254

Chapter 16 Killers on the Border 265

Chapter 17 Mexico City-A New Challenge 272

Chapter 18 Final Stop and a New Beginning-Houston 296

Appendix 309

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