Reserve deputy in custody for smuggling undocumented immigrants

Imperial Valley

Reserve deputy in custody for smuggling undocumented immigrants

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EL CENTRO, CA (13 On Your Side) - An Imperial County Sheriff's Reserve Deputy Officer has been arrested for smuggling undocumented immigrants.

Deputies say 23-year-old Elizabeth Hernandez was not on duty - but was wearing her uniform and carrying her department department-issued gun when she tried to pass through a checkpoint.

Border Patrol agents found three illegal immigrants hiding in the trunk of her car.

According to court documents, Hernandez admitted she was paid $40,000.

If convicted, Hernandez could face 10 years in prison.