Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Criminal Justice

First Advisor

Dr. Mark L. Dantzker

Second Advisor

Dr. Rosalva Resendiz

Third Advisor

Dr. Philip A. Ethridge


The purpose of this thesis was to examine contemporary extralegal factors for the causation of drug-specific police corruption, particularly drug trafficking on the US/Mexico Border. Police included only those officers who were commissioned by municipalities. The researcher focused on a particular geographical area of the US border region consisting of a quad-county area, which includes Willacy, Starr, Hidalgo, and Cameron Counties. This region was ideal for its unique demographic composition and location. This is qualitative research based on grounded theory, which consisted of purposive and snowball sampling. There was no hypothesis due to the inductive nature of this research. The sample size for this thesis consists of eight ex-police officers from the various counties mentioned.


Copyright 2003 John Jacob Rodriguez. All Rights Reserved.

Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American

Included in

Criminology Commons