Sunday, September 24, 2023
Courthouse News Service
Sunday, September 24, 2023 | Back issues
Courthouse News Service Courthouse News Service

Troubles in SoCal Border Patrol

SAN DIEGO (CN) - A Wackenhut "sergeant" working on contract for the Border Patrol's Chula Vista station was sentenced on Friday to 18 months in federal prison for taking a bribe to try to spring a detainee. Also on Friday, a Border Patrol agent pleaded guilty to injuring a civilian in a road rage incident.

In the first case, Christopher Lucero, 35, of San Diego, had pleaded guilty to transporting illegal aliens for financial gain.

In the second case, Joaquin Ayala pleaded guilty to deprivation of civil rights under color of law. Ayala assaulted and injured another driver between San Diego and Escondido. He used his badge to pull over the victim and tore a ligament in the man's arm. Ayala was dressed in his uniform at the time. He has resigned.

Categories / Uncategorized

Read the Top 8

Sign up for the Top 8, a roundup of the day's top stories delivered directly to your inbox Monday through Friday.