Imperial Valley News Center
Police Department Detective Pleads Guilty to Bribery, Drug Trafficking, and Filing a False Tax Return
Fresno, California - Damacio Diaz, 44, of McFarland, formerly a detective with the Bakersfield Police Department, pled guilty Tuesday to bribery, possession and attempted possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, and making and subscribing a false income tax return, Acting United States Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.
Los Angeles, California - The chief executive officer and owner of a Westwood-based mortgage brokerage company that falsely promised to help distressed homeowners avoid foreclosure – but instead stole the equity in the homes and served as the homeowners’ impostor landlord – was sentenced Wednesday afternoon to 94 months in federal prison.
San Ysidro, California - FBI Top Ten Fugitive Philip Patrick Policarpio, who was wanted by the LAPD for the alleged murder of his pregnant girlfriend, and federally, for Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution, was apprehended Sunday by agents with the U.S. Customs Border Protection.
Nogales, Arizona - Agents assigned to the Nogales Border Patrol Station working at the Interstate 19 checkpoint thwarted two smuggling attempts 45 minutes apart last night, which lead to the arrest of seven undocumented aliens hidden in car trunks.
Justice Department Issues Draft Guidance Regarding Expert Testimony and Lab Reports in Forensic Science
Washington, DC - The Justice Department announced Friday the release of draft guidance documents governing the testimony and reports of the department’s forensic experts. These documents, available for public comment through July 8, are designed to ensure that department forensic experts only make statements in the courtroom and in laboratory reports that are supported by sound science.
Washington, DC - Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson today met with the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) where he discussed a range of homeland security-related issues and swore in the two newest members to the HSAC, John F. Kelly and Karen P. Tandy.