A U.S. Border Patrol Agent was arrested and taken into custody in San Diego on January 11, 2011 for allegedly harboring illegal immigrants including his father.
According to the FBI, Marcos Gerardo Manzano Jr. was arrested at the Imperial Beach Boarder Patrol Station and was being held in the Metropolitan Correctional Center in downtown San Diego pending his initial appearance in federal court.
A federal SWAT team raided Manzano’s house and arrested a suspected undocumented immigrant, Jose Alfredo Garrido-Morena, while looking for Manzano Sr. who faces federal immigration-violation charges. Manzano Sr. was convicted four years ago in a U.S. court for possessing marijuana for sale and was deported to his home country of Mexico.
Under California Health and Safety Code Section 11359 it is a felony for anyone to unlawfully possess marijuana for the purpose of sales. Violators can be punished by imprisonment for up to three years in state prison and in addition a conviction for this offense can lead in some cases to the deportation of the person.
Manzano Jr. can be charged under United States Code 8 U.S.C. section 1324 (a)(1)(A)(iii) which makes it a federal crime to know or disregard that an illegal alien has entered or remains in the United States in violation of the law and harbors, conceals, or shields them from detection.
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