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 masked gunman robbed four Vista businesses in quick succession before fleeing into a nearby vacant field where a sheriff's dog brought him down until deputies arrested him, authorities said Tuesday.
People from both sides of the gun debate are expected to speak out Tuesday afternoon in front of the Del Mar Fairgrounds Board of Directors.
A gunshot victim who was believed to have been shot in San Diego and was brought to a hospital in Coronado, where he died Monday night.
Local and state agencies are continuing their investigations into HiCaliber Horse Rescue, despite an announcement over the weekend that the Valley Center nonprofit is closing.
San Diego Congressional representatives on Monday urged the Navy to study the impacts of sewage spills from Mexico.
Southwest Airlines is canceling dozens of flights as it begins emergency engine inspections on its fleet of jets.
Carlos Asuaje homered and had a career-high four RBIs, Franchy Cordero went deep during a nine-run seventh inning and the San Diego Padres romped past the Colorado Rockies 13-5 on Monday night.
The City Council Monday voted to approve federal grant allocations that include $5 million for construction of a long-awaited community center at Bay Terraces Park in Southeast San Diego.
Legoland is days away from opening its new Castle Hotel and the new accommodations are fit for a king or queen.
An overturned semi truck put a snag in the evening commute Monday for drivers on northbound Interstate 805.