Mexican man, 26, found in LAPD officer’s trunk during border inspection: police

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Trucks coming from Mexico prepare to enter the highway after crossing the border March 24, 2009 in Otay Mesa, California. (Photo by Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)
Trucks coming from Mexico prepare to enter the highway after crossing the border March 24, 2009 in Otay Mesa, California. (Photo by Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)

A Los Angeles police officer was arrested Sunday night after a Mexican man was allegedly found hiding in his trunk during a border inspection.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers stopped a 34-year-old man driving a white 2014 Nissan Juke at the Otay Mesa, California border around 6:30 p.m.

“CBP officers searched the car and found a 26-year-old man hidden in the rear cargo area,” said Jackie Wasiluk, of the CBP Public Affairs Office. “The man is a Mexican citizen with no legal ability to enter the United States.”

The driver’s name was not released, but officials confirmed he was assigned to the Los Angeles Police Department’s Hollywood division.

The officer and the 31-year-old woman sitting in the passenger seat were booked into the Metropolitan Correctional Center and will face federal charges.