A former border patrol officer who allowed illegal aliens and marijuana to be smuggled into the United States was sentenced today to seven years in federal prison and ordered to forfeit $175,000 in bribe payments.
Luis Francisco Alarid, 32, pleaded guilty last November to conspiring to smuggle more than 100 kilograms of marijuana into the United States and one count of bribery.
Alarid, of Chula Vista, was indicted by a federal grand jury in San Diego last June. He was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Janis Sammartino in San Diego.
During the seven months he worked for Customs and Border Protection -- which is part of the Department of Homeland Security -- Alarid admitted a series of vehicles that contained illegal aliens or loads of marijuana into the United States, according to court documents.
Alarid, an officer at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry, admitted he allowed a minivan loaded with more than 260 pounds of marijuana and four illegal aliens to enter the United States last March.
Agents from the Border Corruption Task Force arrested Alarid last May 16 after he attempted to admit vehicles containing illegal aliens and 11 kilograms of marijuana into the United States.
The U.S. Attorney's Office in Los Angeles was assigned to handle the case after the San Diego office asked to be recused from prosecuting Alarid.
A Navy SEAL is being held in a military brig while authorities investigate the stabbing death of an Islamic State combatant while he was subdued in Iraq last year.
A California kindergartener can keep bringing a cannabis-based drug used for emergency treatment of a rare form of epilepsy to her public school, a judge ruled Friday.
A clear and warm weekend as temperatures begin to warm. Humidity levels in the desert will gradually lower through the weekend as a weak ridge briefly builds Saturday.
San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer signed two resolutions with Tijuana Mayor Juan Manuel Gastelum supporting international trade and border infrastructure programs.
City Attorney Mara Elliott announced that her office, in coordination with other state and city agencies, reached a $1.6 million settlement with Whole Foods Market California Inc. and two related entities resolving allegations of unlawful handling and disposal of hazardous waste and materials.
Police arrested a 32-year-old Escondido man on suspicion of murder in connection with the shooting death of an unidentified male at a bar on West Grand Avenue.
A woman was killed when she stepped out of her boyfriend's car onto a Chula Vista street and was struck by a passing vehicle, authorities said Saturday.
Residents in La Mesa’s Eastridge area are trying to solve a mystery surrounding a dinosaur. The Tyrannosaurus Rex statue appeared on an empty plot of land sometimes over the past few days with no explanation.
Three major freeway closures across San Diego County will put the brakes on several routes from east to west this weekend. The first closure is the eastbound SR-94 connector to southbound SR-125 on Saturday, September 22.
National City police and sheriff's deputies will not face criminal charges in connection with the death of a drug-impaired mentally ill man following his combative arrest in the South Bay city last spring, District Attorney Summer Stephan announced Friday.