LAPD Officer Indicted for Allegedly Trying to Smuggle Mexican Citizen Into US


U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers span the northbound approach to the Otay Mesa Port of Entry from Tijuana, Mexico, in March 2014. (Credit: Don Bartletti/Los Angeles Times)

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A Los Angeles police officer and his girlfriend were indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday for allegedly trying to smuggle a Mexican citizen hidden in the trunk of a car into the United States, officials said.

LAPD Officer Carlos Curiel Quezada Jr., 34, and his girlfriend, Angelica Godinez, 31, both of Los Angeles are each charged with one count of bringing an undocumented immigrant without presentation, according to the U.S. District Court indictment.

The offense carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and carries a $250,000 fine.

The indictment alleges that Quezada, a 10-year LAPD veteran, and Godinez were stopped about 6:30 p.m. on March 14 as they drove through the Otay Mesa border crossing in San Diego.

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