Police Officer Arrested For Smuggling Undocumented Immigrants


An LAPD officer from Rancho Cucamonga is accused of smuggling two Mexican citizens into the U.S.  Mambasse Patara was taken into custody early Tuesday morning at a Border Patrol checkpoint on the 8 Freeway, near Pine Valley.  One neighbor who lives near the officer says he's surprised.

Patara is accused of giving a ride to the two men who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally. He pleaded not guilty Thursday to transporting illegal aliens in U.S. District Court in San Diego. He faces five years in prison if convicted.

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