He is a confidential informant and ex-felon. He lives among drug dealers and corrupt officials along the U.S.-Mexican border. And after a year on the job, he is calling it quits.

“The American public is being led to believe that we have a drug war and border war and a terror war that are all being successfully prosecuted, and that is absolutely not the case,” the informant told Fox News. “The American people, the American taxpayer are being bilked for billions of dollars in programs that are utter and abject failures.”

The informant took Fox News on a tour of his operational territory, southwest Arizona and northern Sonora. It includes sleazy bars and cheap hotels, places where he meets the people who have connections to guns and drugs.

After serving time and violating parole nine times, the informant says he hopes his current work — ugly, dangerous and risky as it is — acts as a form of redemption. A payback, of sorts, for the wrongs he committed. On the other hand, the money is drying up and several cases are going nowhere.

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