SAN DIEGO — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Otay Mesa border crossing Saturday apprehended a Los Angeles police officer and a woman allegedly attempting to smuggle a man into the United States in the rear cargo area of a car.
On Saturday, March 14 at about 6:30 p.m., a 34-year-old man drove a white 2014 Nissan Juke to the Otay Mesa, California border crossing, with a 31-year-old woman in the passenger seat. Both U.S. citizens presented their passports to the CBP officer, who decided to refer them aside for a more intensive inspection.
During the inspection, CBP officers examined the car with the Z-Portal, a non-intrusive imaging device similar to an x-ray, and detected anomalies in the rear cargo area of the vehicle.
CBP officers searched the car and found a 26-year-old man hidden in the rear cargo area. The man is a Mexican citizen with no legal ability to enter the United States.
CBP officers arrested the driver, who was confirmed to be a Los Angeles police officer, and the woman; both were booked into the Metropolitan Correctional Center and will face federal charges. CBP officers also seized the car.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.