Carlos Curiel Quezada Jr., a Los Angeles Police Department officer, was arrested at the U.S.-Mexican border for allegedly attempting to smuggle a person into the United States. The illegal immigrant was discovered in the trunk of the officer's car.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection stopped the officer for routine questioning on Saturday night. The officer, 34, was driving a Nissan Juke and had Angelica Godinez, 31, in the passenger seat. The officer and the woman are both U.S. citizens and had passports while traveling.
However, during the search, the NBC News Investigative Unit reported that the Customs officers found Antanasio Perez-Avalos, a 26-year-old Mexican man, in the trunk. He was not legally allowed to enter the U.S.
The LAPD officer was taken into custody at 6:30 p.m. at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry. It is located south of San Diego.
According to the complaint documents, both Quezada and Godinez are charged with bringing in a person without presenting them to an appropriate immigration officer at a port of entry. Both have pleaded not guilty.
Quezada’s bail was set at $20,000. He is currently confined to his home on paid administrative leave.
The LAPD has not had a good week, with three other police officers involved in shootings.