Two police officers from the city of Tijuana, Baja California, have been accused of extortion after an American businessman contacted the Internal Affairs department of the PGJE (state police) and informed them that two Tijuana cops were demanding a $10,000 USD bribe from him. According to the victim, his business is to recruit workers for the fields in the United States, get them a work permit and transport them to that country.
Last Monday, the victim setup a group of applicants in a hotel in Tijuana, while waiting for their paperwork to go through. Two police officers saw the group and demanded an explanation. The businessman showed his documents, explained the situation and even showed them proof of their visa applications. But the police officers demanded money in exchange for not arresting him for human trafficking, as well as threatening him with planting drugs in his hotel room.
The victim proceeded to give them $4,000 USD in two installments and promised to pay more the following day. He then contacted Internal Affairs.
On the date of their next meeting, Internal Affairs setup a sting and arrested the officer Martín Rodríguez Abosta, while his partner, Juan Antonio Hernández Sahagún took off running and still hasn’t been located.
But the arrest did not solve the situation. The victim was called to the Internal Affairs offices in Tijuana, where he was brought into a closed room for more than 7 hours for “interrogation”. His attorney was not allowed to be present and threatened to sue the director of I.A. for denying his client his rights, but nothing came out of it. No further information is available as of yet.