LAPD officer suspected of smuggling man across US-Mexico border


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LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles Police Department officer Carlos Curiel Quezada Jr. was arrested by federal authorities on suspicion of smuggling a man across the U.S.-Mexico, Customs and Border Protection official confirmed Monday.

The 34-year-old Curiel Quezada Jr., and Angelica Godinez, 31, were taken into custody at Otay Mesa Post of Entry on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. after a man was found inside a white 2014 Nissan Juke driven by the officer, according to a federal complaint.

The driver and woman in the passenger seat were referred to an intensive inspection area after handing over their passports at the border crossing gate, Customs and Border Protection spokeswoman Jackie Wasiluk said. CBP officers used an x-ray device which uncovered a man hidden in the rear cargo area of the Nissan, Wasiluk said.

Federal documents identified the man hiding as 26-year-old Antanasio Perez-Avalos of Mexico.

Curiel Quezada is an LAPD officer assigned to the Hollywood Division.  He and Godinez were arrested and booked into the Metropolitan Correctional Center.

His bail has been set at $20,000.

If and when he makes bail, the officer has been ordered to live with his parents in Los Angeles, can't drink and must surrender his passport.

Curiel Quezada is due back in court on March 24th for a preliminary hearing.

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