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Trial of former INS inspector under way in San Diego

February 27, 2002|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

SAN DIEGO — The trial of a former U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service inspector accused of allowing illegal drugs to pass through the Calexico downtown Port of Entry started here Tuesday.

The inspector, Clark Anthony Miller, is facing charges of conspiracy to import more than 1,000 pounds of cocaine and aiding and abetting in the importation of narcotics.

A jury in the federal case was seated Tuesday and attorneys started their opening statements.

Miller was arrested in September 2001 following a lengthy federal investigation into a case in which another man, Hector Bermudez of Calexico, was arrested for allegedly importing more than 1,000 pounds of cocaine through the Calexico port in a car.

Bermudez was the alleged driver of the vehicle. Authorities have alleged Bermudez brought the cocaine through the port on May 29, 2000.

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They have alleged Bermudez was allowed to pass through the port by Miller, who was manning a check station at the port.

Authorities have further alleged that Miller and Bermudez were part of the same smuggling operation.

Information on Bermudez's court status was unavailable this morning. He was last reported to be in federal custody in San Diego.

Miller resigned from the INS in September.

>> Staff Writer Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082.

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