December 2, 2023
A Border Patrol agent is positioned by the border fence. Picture by Chris Stone

A former Los Angeles Police Division officer who was convicted of rape was arrested on suspicion of human smuggling close to Campo, the Border Patrol introduced Friday.

Simply earlier than 10 p.m. on Monday, an space resident informed brokers a couple of potential smuggling incident — involving an older-model sport utility car — close to the intersection of the Shockey Truck path and state Route 94, close to the U.S.-Mexico border, based on the Border Patrol.

As brokers approached the SUV, its driver pulled over. Brokers spoke to the person, who introduced a badge comparable in look and magnificence to that of the Los Angeles Police Division, “and recognized himself as a lieutenant with the division,” the Border Patrol mentioned.

The agent observed 4 individuals — three ladies and one man — within the SUV again seat. They informed the agent “that they’d lately crossed the U.S.- Mexico border illegally,” the Border Patrol mentioned.

The agent then arrested the motive force and passengers, and took them to a close-by Border Patrol station for processing, officers mentioned.

Authorities who searched the SUV discovered a non-serialized, 9 mm handgun, together with two totally loaded 9 mm magazines and a shoulder holster, the Border Patrol mentioned.

Border Patrol officers mentioned the suspect is a former Los Angeles Police Division officer who left that job in 1993, when he was convicted of forceful rape and sentenced to a few years in jail.

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Division additionally took possession of the firearm and car, whereas the migrants have been “processed for elimination,” based on the Border Patrol.

The person was booked into the San Diego Central Jail on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a firearm, together with ammunition, and impersonating a peace officer, based on the Border Patrol.

His title was not launched, though the Border Patrol reported he’s a U.S. citizen.

Patricia McGurk-Daniel, a chief patrol agent, mentioned her friends “by no means know what they’ll encounter on any given day.”

“On this occasion, our brokers have been in a position to take a harmful felony out of the group,” McGurk-Daniel added.