Bill Wechter/North County Times
Customs and Border Protection officer Bernard Alvarez receives documentation from someone crossing into the U.S. at the San Ysidro border crossing.
A New Mexico police officer was cuffed and arrested at the U.S. Mexico Border Friday, accused of trying to smuggle an undocumented female immigrant into the country using another woman’s border crossing card.
It was 10 a.m. when border agents suspected something was wrong with the identification handed to them by Ronald Lewis Haley, 41.
Haley, an investigator with the Bosque Farms Police Department near Albuquerque, drove up to the San Ysidro port of entry in a Chevy Tahoe with New Mexico plates.
Haley presented his own valid travel documents, and a Mexican border-crossing card for his female passenger, agents said.
After Haley was waved to a secondary inspection, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) officers believed the card belonged to the passenger’s sister, not the passenger, and arrested Haley.
“There is no profile of what a smuggler looks like, so our officers have to expect to encounter anything,” said Chris Maston, Port Director at the San Ysidro port of entry in a news release.
Haley is in jail awaiting charges, according to the CBP.