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Border Patrol agent's father turns himself in to FBI

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SAN YSIDRO, Calif. (CBS 8) - The father of a local border patrol agent wanted for being in the country illegally turned himself in to the FBI Sunday, according to family members.

Marcos Manzano, Sr., 46, had been wanted by the FBI since agents served a search warrant on his son's San Ysidro home Jan. 11. Agents found an underground room at the home with a suspected illegal immigrant hiding inside.

Agents arrested 26-year-old border patrol agent Marcos Manzano, Jr. the day before they served the warrant on his home in the 3600 block of Shooting Star Dr. Prosecutors say they also found 61 grams of crystal meth inside the house.

Family members contacted News 8 over the weekend to report Manzano, Sr. surrendered to agents at the nearby Vista Terrace Park at 11 a.m. Sunday.

Elizabeth Wieland, the common law wife of the senior Manzano, said her husband was in the country illegally because he feared for his life in Tijuana.

"He's not a bad person. He's never done a violent thing in his life," Wieland said.

Wieland claims the border patrol agent's father used to live in Tijuana but had to leave in a hurry after his brother was involved in an argument that turned deadly.

"He can't send his dad back to Tijuana to get killed. I mean how could he do that?" Wieland said.

Mazano, Jr. is charged with harboring illegal immigrants, including his dad and Jose Garrido-Morena, 26, the man found hiding in the underground room.

Wieland told News 8 the underground room was used for storage of construction materials used by Manzano, Sr. for his employment.

Wieland makes no excuses for the crystal meth found in the home, saying her common law husband has struggled with drug use.

"He has a habit. He has a habit. We're not going to deny that," Wieland said.

So far, no charges have been filed in connection with the stash of meth discovered in the home.

Border patrol agent Manzano remains in federal custody but is expected to post $75,000 bail this week using his aunt's equity in her home as a security deposit.

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