SENTRI lane (at Otay Mesa crossing)
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Oscar Vasquez-Alamilla, a Spring Valley resident, pleaded guilty in federal court today (December 7th) to smuggling narcotics through the Otay Mesa Port of Entry.

He was using the Secure Electronic Network for Travelers Response Inspection, or SENTRI lanes. These allow expedited clearance for pre-approved travelers upon entry into the United States and allow such travelers to use dedicated lanes into the U.S.

He pleaded guilty to importing 24.74 pounds of cocaine, 12.68 pounds of fentanyl, 13.71 pounds of heroin, and more than 7000 pills marked as oxycodone.

As a lawful resident of the United States, he acknowledged in federal court that he may be deported to Mexico.

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JustWondering Dec. 7, 2017 @ 5:03 p.m.

S.E.N.T.R.I. another really bad idea by the government. If you choose to go into Mexico you must acknowledge there’s going to to a wait to get back into the United States since the Mexican government refuses to take the illicit drug problem seriously.

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Don Bauder Dec. 7, 2017 @ 7:42 p.m.

JustWondering: This would seem to be a test of SENTRI's usefulness. In this case, it flunked. Best, Don Bauder

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Ponzi Dec. 7, 2017 @ 5:58 p.m.

I thought they did take it seriously? Drugs are only second to oil as Mexico's largest export.

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Don Bauder Dec. 7, 2017 @ 7:42 p.m.

Ponzi: And they have such upstanding people in the drug trade. Best, Don Bauder

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Ponzi Dec. 8, 2017 @ 7:50 a.m.

I don't know if there is, but I think there should be enhanced punishment/sentences for those who abuse their SENTRI privileges.

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Don Bauder Dec. 8, 2017 @ 10:13 a.m.

Ponzi: Sounds like a good idea to me. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Dec. 8, 2017 @ 10:14 a.m.

Mike Murphy: Why don't you suggest your idea to the federal government? Best, Don Bauder

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MURPHYJUNK Dec. 8, 2017 @ 1:04 p.m.

if I did, it would take them longer to implement it than if they came up with the plan.

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Don Bauder Dec. 8, 2017 @ 4 p.m.

Murphyjunk: Sadly, that is probably true. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Dec. 8, 2017 @ 12:45 p.m.

Joe Gomez: I agree wholeheartedly. Given that he is an American citizen, he should be sent to prison for a lengthy sentence. When he gets out, he might get sent to Mexico. Best, Don Bauder

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