SAN DIEGO (CBSLA.com) — A Los Angeles police officer and his girlfriend were indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury on charges of attempting to smuggling a Mexican citizen into the United States.
Officer Carlos Curiel Quezada, Jr., 34, and his girlfriend, Angelica Godinez, 31, both of Los Angeles, were indicted Wednesday on one count of Bringing in Illegal Aliens without Presentation, according to the Department of Justice. Quezada is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday, while Godinez is set to be arraigned May 12.READ MORE: Driver Arrested On Suspicion Of DUI After Colliding With 2 Pedestrians At Gas Station In Highland Park
According to court documents, Quezada drove his 2014 Nissan Juke with Godinez in the passenger seat through the Otay Mesa Port of Entry on March 14 at about 6:30 p.m. and told a Customs and Border Protection office they had nothing to declare. The couple was referred for a more intensive inspection, during which officer detected something unusual in the rear cargo area.READ MORE: Bob Dole, Who Overcame Severe WWII Wounds To Lead Senate GOP And Run For President, Dies At 98
Antanasio Perez Avalos, a 26-year-old Mexican national, was found in the compartment in the spare-tire area, federal officials said. All three were taken into custody and interviewed.
Quezada and Godinez were charged two days later, but those charges were dismissed on March 19.MORE NEWS: Inside SoCal: 12/5 Wrap-Up
If Quezada and Godinez are convicted as charged in the indictment, they face 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.