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Former Calexico INS inspector convicted

March 08, 2002|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

SAN DIEGO — A former U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service inspector stationed in Calexico has been convicted in federal court here for his involvement in a drug- smuggling ring.

Clark Anthony Miller is scheduled to be sentenced May 28.

He was convicted this week on counts of intentionally conspiring to import more than 1,000 pounds of cocaine into the country, aiding and abetting in the importation of cocaine and divulging information that enabled the importation to occur.

Miller remained in federal custody in San Diego today.

The case against Miller followed a lengthy investigation started in May 2000 when authorities found a car in Calexico containing more than 1,000 pounds of cocaine.

Authorities later arrested a Calexico man, Hector Bermudez, who authorities have alleged was the driver of the car.

Bermudez remains in custody in San Diego charged with importing more than 1,000 pounds of cocaine.

According to authorities, Miller allowed Bermudez to drive through a border check station Miller was manning at the Port of Entry in downtown Calexico on May 29, 2000.

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Miller has resigned from the INS.

Information on when Bermudez faces a court date was unavailable this morning.

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

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