LAPD officer indicted for attempting to smuggle Mexican citizen into U.S.

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SAN DIEGO — A Los Angeles police officer and his girlfriend were indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury in San Diego for allegedly trying to sneak a Mexican national into the United States in the trunk of a car.

According to the indictment, Carlos Curiel Quezada Jr., 34, drove his 2014 Nissan Juke into the Otay Mesa Port of Entry with 31-year-old Angelica Godinez riding alongside him about 6:30 p.m. March 14.

Though the couple stated that they had nothing to declare, a Customs and Border Protection agent decided to refer them for a vehicle inspection, the indictment alleges.

Using an imaging device similar to an X-ray, officers found an undocumented immigrant, 26-year-old Antanasio Perez Avalos, hiding in a rear compartment of the vehicle, the indictment states.

Quezada and Godinez, both Los Angeles residents, are each charged with a human smuggling count carrying a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine. Their arraignments are scheduled for Thursday afternoon and Tuesday morning, respectively.

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