SAN DIEGO (CBSLA) — A Los Angeles police officer has been arrested on federal charges alleging he tried to smuggle two illegal immigrants into the United States this week in southeastern San Diego County.

FILE — LAPD officer Mambasse Koulabalo Patara. August 2017. (Credit: Facebook)

Mambasse Koulabalo Patara has been charged with violating immigration laws, according to a federal complaint filed Wednesday.

He was arrested early Tuesday morning at a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint in Pine Valley, located about 12 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border.

According to the complaint, at 12:15 a.m. Tuesday, Patara drove up to the checkpoint with two male passengers in a 2006 Toyota Corolla.

While being interviewed by Border Patrol agents, Koulabalo showed them his LAPD badge and stated he was off-duty, the complaint states. Agents later patted him down and found his service-issued gun in his waistband, the complaint reads.

Koulabalo reportedly told border agents his two passengers were U.S. citizens. The men, identified as Herman Lopez and his nephew German Ramirez Gonzalez, eventually admitted they were in the country illegally.

One of the men said they had known Koulabalo for years and had worked for him at his Fontana home. He added they had decided to go to a casino in Alpine in southern San Diego County, before heading to another one in Campo and ending up at the border checkpoint near Pine Valley.

All three men were transported to the Campo Border Patrol Station and arrested at around 1:30 a.m.

Back at his home in Fontana, neighbors were in disbelief.

“I heard what happened, and I’m really shocked,” said one woman. “They’ve always just been a really nice family ever since my husband and I have lived here. […] There’s always multiple sides to every story, so I think that’s important for everyone to keep in mind […] before jumping to conclusions on these types of things.”

“I just don’t believe that he’s doing that,” another neighbor told CBS2. “I don’t believe at all that he’s capable of doing something like that.”

An LAPD spokesperson confirmed to CBS2 that Patara has been placed on paid administrative leave.

If convicted, Koulabalo faces up to five years in prison.

Comments (130)
  1. Darren Davis says:

    This is what you get when you have an inconsistent immigration policy. Build the wall and enforce it.

    1. Hao De says:

      what is the appopriate penalty for pimps and human traffickers ?

      1. tonyome says:

        Black and Muslim gets you an automatic pass in California. You can do whatever you want.

    2. There is nothing inconsistent about our immigration laws, other than that they haven’t been consistently enforced. And, we need mandatory EVerify and stricter fines for employers.

    3. we need a wall built. This “cop” needs jailtime…. TRUMP, MAGA..

    4. If we are lucky, he will be tried and convicted——outside California law. Let’s hope Gov. Moonbeam doesn’t attempt to hide him somewhere to avoid prosecution. If convicted Mambasse Patara(is he even legal) should be deported after serving time for human trafficking.

    5. David Koob says:

      Fake news. Jerry Brown will issue a pardon before the ink is dry on the arrest report.

  2. Corrupt immigrants all set & ready to run wild in USA

  3. Not the brightest bulb in the box. Is he????

  4. Ken May says:

    Who will watch the watchers?

  5. Cracks me up when one of his neighbors interviewed said she didn’t believe he would do something like that.

    Well he did. Believe what you want but you can’t ignore the facts.

  6. Jacky Kunzi says:

    Will the leftest governor give him a pardon…..

    1. Mark Merritt says:

      “Mambasse Koulabalo Patara has been charged with violating immigration laws, according to a federal complaint filed Wednesday.”

      Fortunately, the California governor does not have that option with Federal court decisions…

  7. This officer was most likely a party to an LAPD run pedophile ring. Local beat cops in the U.S have figured out that they have no accountability, only the public illusion of accountability, (administrative leave), so the worst of the worst in our society now pursue careers as cops as cover for their lives of crime. This is not surprising, I’m sure the full truth of what this oath breaker was up to is volumes worse than we’ll ever be told.

    1. congrats Joshua, you win dumb, crazy post of the day

  8. Jerry Miller says:

    If I recall my history from junior high correctly, there was a Mambasse Patara on the Mayflower.

    1. Jerry, Jerry, Jerry… Obviously, you haven’t studied your American history as closely as you should have. Everyone knows it was Captain Mambasse Koulabalo on the Mayflower, not Mambasse Pataca. Please get your facts straight when opining on LA’s finest affirmative action officers…

  9. Toga Person says:

    I can’t wait till Cali turns into a third world cesspool. They will do away with all the ACLU BS, they will do away with all the Cali EPA BS, they will become Mexico … of course by then all the guilt ridden white liberals will have moved on to other states and continue their destruction there.

    1. Not if we build a wall along the Nevada and Oregon borders. Actually, let’s give them Oregon too. Given how much Oregonians hate Californians because of the northward migration, it will be funny when Portland becomes a Mexifornian outpost and all the vegan restaurants are replaced with taquerias.

  10. Peter York says:

    the descent continues. the quotes are mindless vague generalities and pronouns. why would he take his buds gallavanting near the border? how did he get his car across the border into the US? who would live in Fontana and commute to LA? why is he named Mambasse Koulabalo Patara and why did the writer refer to him by his middle name?

    I used to drive a Patara.

  11. Shoot him in the face and dump him across the border with his ILLEGAL ALIEN criminal “friends”! We don’t need anti-American trash like him here.

  12. Andy Howe says:

    Governor Moonbeam has just declared the officer a prisoner of war and is contacting the UN to negotiate his freedom.

  13. steveesq says:

    Is being in the country legally let alone being a citizen actually required to be an LA cop or are lawbreakers now acceptable?

    1. CA is admitting illegals to the bar, why not LEOs? Neither should be permitted.

  14. He have a nickname? I mean, for everyone else’s convenience? SHOOTHIM NOW and dragthecorpse until all the blackis gone!

  15. “One of the men said they had known Koulabalo for years and had worked for him at his Fontana home.” Sounds like the democrat and republican excuse for a “right to hire cheap labor” they interpret from the constitution. /eyeroll

  16. His neighbors like him; ok, that may be worth 10 seconds. But why include one saying she didn’t believe the charges? Then the other saying there are 2 sides to every story…?

    The facts are clear- this guy broke the law and lied to the border agents.

    Why soften the story with meaningless fluff?

    Wouldn’t be a bit of pro-illegal immigrant editorial bias rearing its head now, would it?

  17. blame his wife you know she made him do it

  18. “Mambasse Koulabalo Patara ” Diversity is our strength claims the libturd nation.

    1. Jim Wolfson says:

      “All Cultures Are Equal, including Criminal Culture” -leftist democRats

  19. Tom Ronson says:

    Arrested for smuggling humans across the border and he goes on paid leave. Why not unpaid leave? Why should taxpayers have to support this worthless cop, after he violates federal law?

  20. Lar Jam says:

    If they don’t approve a wall down by Mexico then at least give us a wall around California. Since they refuse to follow the law or the Constitution then can we please just wall them off. Once all the companies and home owners have left and are broke and despot. We maybe able to reverse the 45 years of Democrat control and save this great state.

  21. When did it become illegal to bring illegals over the border? is that from California into the United States? Like into Oregon or Arizona or Nevada? What an idiotic charge and story, California might as well be Mexico which is OVERUN WITH ILLEGALS WHO ARE RUNNING THE STATE! It must be because the guy is black, this story is incomprehensible to me when I see a total invasion by illegals of the U S !

  22. Can only imagine what the DEA is doing behind our backs.

  23. With FEW exceptions,blacks are a plague on civilized societies!

  24. Pal Max says:

    According to the United States Code, he stands to be sentenced for as many as 30 years.

  25. Jim Wolfson says:

    No doubt got his job the same way as Odummy – be brown, have a ridiculous name and show up.
    To leftists, that means “qualified!”

  26. Stanley Pakulla says:

    hey! Leave that police officer alone. Don’t you know he’s a democrat? What the heck.

  27. Kevin Kolbe says:

    Aren’t CA officials doing essentially the same thing with this santuary policy? And why is this officer (off duty or not) “cooperating” with ICE (sacrasm-that would be MY defense if I were him…Jerry Brown and AG Xavier Becerra are doing it…why can’t I?).

  28. So how much cash was he raking in doing so? Build that wall!

  29. Obama would have said ‘if I had a brother, this would be him’ and celebrate his actions giving citizenship to the illegals and making the officer head of immigration.

  30. Jack Riley says:

    Sanctuary cities confuse the ignorants.

  31. No border wall, no law and crooked cops. What could go wrong. Man should lose his retirement, be fined and jailed. Total disregard for his job and the people of the US.

  32. Donny Dingle says:

    I can’t wait until they catch Governor Moonbeam smuggling a few across the border.

  33. You could have simply said, “Police Officer Smuggles Immigrants Across Border”.

    I would have known it was California. Only in Cali would something so sick happen. Sad thing is, a liberal judge will probably slap his wrist and send him on his way.

  34. Bob Suyak says:

    Must be democratic party voter registration drive time.

    1. Chris Link says:


  35. Looks like better vetting was needed for Mr. Koulabalo

  36. Mambasse Koulabalo Patara did not get the memo Obama is no longer in charge.

    1. Robert says:

      Allahaha is mad at the US.

  37. What a surprise. A Son of Obama…black AND a Musloid! He’ll fit in well at San Quentin.

  38. Doug Day says:

    Corruption is a cancer that kills the host.

  39. Dee Win says:

    Looking at the name, I suspect it’s a “cultural” thing. Thus, Trump.

  40. Oh please…lol
    The whole department is now corrupt. DUH!

  41. one set of laws for US and one set of laws for them…..

  42. I’m totally cool with shooting him and dumping his body in the ocean.

  43. Terry Shipp says:

    Escorting more Dreamers into the U.S. ?

  44. Earnest Trey says:

    very misleading headline, and it seems no one can read a map or read with any critical thinking skills. This all happened entirely in the united states, no borders were crossed. Seems the police officer took his long-time friends to two casinos on rt 8, the 2nd southeast of the first. On the way home from the 2nd, they got stopped by a temporary checkpoint. Now if he had no reason to believe the people with him were not citizens, since they’re been friends for a while, and everyone started their day in the usa, how exactly is he a human smuggler?

  45. Check his bank statements, If he has been paid to smuggle, Then nail him on human trafficking. Trumps EO is legal and nothing a judge can do to save him. Problem is he will go to federal court in Cali, Will probably walk, But will be broke

  46. Haysus! What’s this bong0ids status?

  47. fire his butt and take away his police certification, should never ever wear a badge

  48. ….the corruption and disdain for the rule of law permeates California law enforcement….prosecute this disgraceful public servant to the full extent of the law as a warning to others….

  49. “Mambasse Koulabalo Patara”? That name doesn’t sound very “American” to me, no doubt an EEOC/AA hire and he’s definitely from one of those ****hole countries I’ve been hearing so much about on Very Fake News CNN.

    #MAGA #KAG2020

  50. If I were LAPD, I’d be checking to see if this cop is in the pocket of any local gangs.

  51. take them all down, weed out all of them!

  52. He was put on”paid leave!” Which means he gets a long vacation, until this blows over! Then, he can do it again! We need that GD WALL!

  53. David Bauer says:

    Terrible reporting. He didn’t smuggle them in. They were already here. As someone said earlier, they were just going home from the casinos and got stopped at the checkpoint.

  54. Let’s be clear about our wording. He was not smuggling immigrants. Immigrants come in through the front door so to speak. They get visas etc. The people he was smuggling were illegal aliens with no visas.

  55. Really sad that a police officer would do this. Doesnt say much for their police force does it.

  56. Pat Kinnick says:

    Deserves to be tarred and feathered

  57. Ra Williams says:

    “Mambasse Koulabalo Patara”? was he bringing in ISIS people with a name like that?

  58. Lulua Mahalo says:

    Take away his citizenship and deport him…ASAP!

  59. Just 5 years in prison for human trafficking and violating our immigration laws? He should be stripped of his citizenship(if he IS a citizen), jailed and then exiled from this country.

  60. Throw the book at him! Some examples should be made of these law enforcement, law breakers. Anyone involved in aiding and abetting illegals should be held to account in the most strictest manner possible, especially law enforcement.

  61. Upon questioning he’d probably reveal the chain of corruption goes all the way to the Lieutenant Governor and Governor. Let him plead to something lesser to get the bigger fish.

  62. Mambasse Koulabalo Patara is an African who doesn’t even have US citizenship himself. LAPD hires illegals. Cali jury will acquit him. They acquit all illegals of everything. Like murder.

  63. David Moore says:

    Stoopid African! I guess he thinks he’s still back in Mombasa or Entebbe, where he CAN flash his badge and pretty much do whatever he pleases… Surprise! Surprise! Surprise!

  64. Maurey Pulvich all officials “lie detector test” Ask some simple questions Do you believe in America? Do you have a Foreign allegiance? wave an American flag. How does that make you feel? Wave an Mexican flag. How does that make you feel? Should disqualify themselves at this point. When we find out they in fact hate Mur’ica and Love the Country that has Sided against us in every World War so far, Mexico!

  65. Elmer Zink says:

    Neighbors don’t believe the cop did it or that he is capable of doing it…

    Okay.. so they were not really in his car and the illegals did not admit their illegality..

    Neighbors say not to jump to conclusions..there are 2 sides of every story..

    He encouraged or induced them to come to the United States, he may have brought them to the United States, he concealed them, he transported them..

    So, which part of 8 U.S Code § 1324(a)(1)(A) did he not violate?

    And which Penalty under 8 U.S Code § 1324(a)(2) does he receive?

    Read, 8 U.S. Code § 1324 – Bringing in and harboring certain aliens

  66. Jay Kerouac says:

    If this ‘lawman’ is tried and convicted, he’ll be counting on Governor Mooonbeam giving him a pardon.

  67. Alan Whitney says:

    Too bad it was the Feds. If he had been caught by STATE authorities, he would have been promoted…

  68. Scotty Gunn says:

    Sanctuary! Good job, officer. Way to promote diversity as well as job security. I am sure none of the “immigrants” you helped were MS-13 or the like. Heck, all intelligence agencies know that ISIS and others are coming in,too, but I am sure you made sure they were all just “dreamers”.Just do the rest of the country a huge favor and keep them all in Kalifornia.

  69. John Moser says:

    “I just don’t believe that he’s doing that,” another neighbor told CBS2. “I don’t believe at all that he’s capable of doing something like that.”
    I’m surprised that a Californian would even think there was anything wrong with it.

  70. Should be charged with human trafficking. He was bringing himself over a couple slaves to do his hard work that he’s too good or lazy to do. Filthy pig, it’d be too much to hire an American citizen. He’s the typical cop, thinks he’s above the law, just flash that badge. Hold him to a higher standard. Life with no parole.

  71. LOCK HIM UP.! Make an example. We have enough corruption in DC already.

  72. Scot Tucker says:

    What do you expect when you hire a muslim?

  73. I see my comment was taken down by the c e n s o r s so here it is again:
    What is the immigration status of officer Mambasse Koulabalo Patara ? ? ?

    Where is he from? ? ?

    Can he be deported for this crime ?

    Why does LA have muslim foreigners policing American streets?

  74. The level of virtue signalling on the part of those interviewed in the news clip beggars description. Please, left-coast California, secede as you claim to want, leaving the saner and healthier parts of the state in the union.

  75. Harry Berens says:

    3,2,1… racism. Followed by a condemnation by Brown of Trump.

  76. I can see the MAGA clowns are out in full force on this one. Simple question: how would a “wall” hinder somebody from driving immigrants through a checkpoint in a Corolla?

  77. Shame that corrupt individuals like this bring shame to their police force.

    Hope he is punished with sufficient severity to make others reject the idea of doing such a thing without even contemplating it for a second.

    The fully five years in prison – AND if he is an immigrant himself, deportation after he is released from prison.

  78. muneshadowe says:

    Hopefully he will get deported over this.

  79. Sam Hensley says:

    These people are not our friends.

  80. Why do they call them immigrants? Why not migrants?

  81. If you smuggle yourself into this country do you get jail time?