LAPD Officer Accused Of Trying To Smuggle Man Across U.S.-Mexico Border

LOS ANGELES (CNS/FOX 11) - A Los Angeles police officer and a woman who was with him when they were stopped at a U.S.-Mexico border crossing, allegedly with a 26-year-old Mexican man hiding in their car, were charged Monday in San Diego with smuggling.

Carlos Curiel Quezada Jr., 34, drove a white 2014 Nissan Juke into the Otay Mesa border crossing around 6:30 p.m. Saturday, and both he and his passenger, 31-year-old Angelica Godinez, handed over their passports, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Attorney's Office.

The small SUV was flagged for further inspection and an imaging device similar to an X-ray detected something out of the ordinary in its rear cargo area, Jackie Wasiluk said.

A subsequent search turned up the hiding man, who had no legal ability to enter the country, she said.

Quezada and Godinez were both arrested. They were charged today with a single count of "bringing in illegal alien(s) without presentation,'' according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. The pair appeared in federal court in San Diego, and bail was set at $20,000.

A preliminary hearing was scheduled for March 24.

According to the Los Angeles Police Department, Quezada is a 10-year veteran who was assigned to the Hollywood Station. He has been reassigned to home duty, with pay, pending further legal proceedings.