By Steve Dellar   |  04-27-2018   News
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A Los Angeles police officer appeared in a San Diego court today accused of illegally smuggling Mexicans across the state border. He pleaded not guilty.

The complaint against Mr Mambasse Koulabalo Patara explained that he was stopped with two passengers in his car at the checkpoint on Interstate 8 in Pine Valley shortly after midnight Tuesday.

Driving a black 2006 Toyota Corolla sedan, Mr Patara immediately told the agents that he was a US citizen as well as an off-duty police officer. Upon their request, he showed them his Los Angeles Police Department identification card.

The court documents stated that at the time of the interrogation, Mr Patara appeared nervous and agitated. A secondary inspection for further questioning was deemed necessary. Arriving at the station, Mr Patara informed the Border Patrol agents again that he was a Los Angeles police officer and was in possession of his service-issued weapon.

Furthermore, the border patrol agents also found a pistol concealed in the rear of Mr Patara’s waistband.

The two passengers in the back of his vehicle, identified as Mr Fermin Lopez and his nephew, Mr German Ramirez-Gonazalez, at first stated that they were also U.S. citizens, but after further questioning indeed revealed that they were Mexican citizens not in possession of the necessary immigration documents.

Mr Ramirez-Gonzalez then admitted to the border patrol agents that he and Mr Lopez had illegally crossed the border about a week ago already.

Meanwhile Mr Ramirez-Gonzalez claimed that he knew the LAPD office mr Patara having done work on his property.

Mr Patara was placed on paid administrative leave for the time being, having been with the department for about 11 years.

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https://www.10news.com/news/lapd-officer-arrested-in-san-diego-county-accused-of-transporting-immigrants-into-us-illegally

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Rep No. 24343 1524839702

So delusional, they could be bringing wicked people in w/o a care in the world because of their Trump rebellian.

They care nothing about American citizens.

Jollee No. 24344 1524839881

Sanctuary City, right… This is the biggest human trafficking and Modern Day Slavery, some Californians are making money off of illegals by way of cheap labor, they don't want it to end, their also obviously making money by helping them cross the border. They also house illegals and get a whopping check from the states for so called "Housing Benefits" I had one living next door to me when I lived there, he housed at least 20 illegals at a time and enjoyed his big check from the state for doing so every month! Hope this guy is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law!

Yo No. 24347 1524841105

Theyll let anyone be a cop in LAPD. Is this guy even a citizen? He sounds like he used to using his badge to eliminate his problems and that how police act in Africa.

RaDonna Marshall No. 24351 1524842884

They will BURY this.. there will be NO CHARGES..MAYBE DHS should look at this…"Mr Patara was placed on paid administrative leave for the time being, having been with the department for about 11 years."

Anonymous No. 24360 1524848275

A cop using their badge to live above the law should be immediately relieved of said badge and charged with a penalty enhancer on top of the original crime.

There should also always be additional charges for anyone entrusted with power that is proved to abuse that authority! Congress and Senators included!

SCGuy No. 24367 1524854026

This is what happens when you give "foreigners" from places with no law and order jobs in law enforcement here. It's a question of whether or not we want our country to look like the chaos in Latin America. They keep doing this because special interest groups corporations, who want to make more money, and politicians wanting more power in representation (more people = more representation) are wielding power without the Americans' interests in mind.

Gr8Kate No. 24368 1524854567

Excellent comments all.

Joanne Sgrignoli No. 24500 1524955238

No one is above the law. Period. Most LEOs are respectable, law-abiding people. However, there is no perfection in this world. Wrongdoing must be punished. He was obviously complicit & should never be allowed to work in law enforcement again.

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