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.
Thanksgiving could see record-setting heat in San Diego County, according to forecasters, who also reported the smashing of temperature records across the county on Wednesday.
A charity run, meals for the needy, a long-running music festival and holiday shopping are on tap for Thursday's Thanksgiving Day in San Diego.
Your living room often becomes your work space if you work from home. If you have kids, the house can be even more chaotic. Well now, more women are able to take 10-15 steps out of their home and into their "she shed."
Around 60,000 passengers are expected to pass through San Diego's Lindbergh Field daily during the upcoming holiday weekend.
Thanksgiving meals were provided to the needy around San Diego County Wednesday, one day ahead of the holiday.
A pedestrian was killed Wednesday night in a hit-and-run crash in the Mountain View section of San Diego and police detained the driver, who fled the scene on foot after the vehicle struck a house.
U.S. and Japanese ships and aircraft were searching in the Philippine Sea on Thursday for three sailors missing since a U.S. Navy aircraft crashed a day earlier.
A decomposing body found inside a 55-gallon barrel that was floating in the San Diego Bay last month has been identified.
The always-heated topic of whether to begin holiday shopping on Thanksgiving Day will be raised again Thursday, as many chain stores will open their doors around San Diego one day before the so-called "Black Friday."