BP Agent’s Dad Surrenders to Agents

His son allegedly had a secret room where he harbored illegal immigrants

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    A U.S. Border Patrol agent is accused of harboring illegal immigrants, including his father - seen here - Marcos Manzano, Sr. who was on the loose as of Tuesday night.

    The father of a U.S. Border Patrol agent accused of harboring illegal immigrants has been taken into custody, according to the FBI.

    Marcos Gerardo Manzano Sr., 46, surrendered to Border Corruption Task Force agents in San Ysidro Sunday at about 11 a.m.

    BP Agent's Home Had Secret Room: Feds

    [DGO] BP Agent's Home Had Secret Room: Feds
    What the FBI found in the home of an agent accused of aiding illegal immigrants. (Published Wednesday, Jan 12, 2011)

    Marcos Gerardo Manzano Jr., 26, and his father, Manzano Sr., are charged with violations of federal immigration laws, according to a complaint.

    “Manzano Jr. is also charged with making a false statement,” said Darrell Foxworth.

    Investigators who searched Manzano Jr.’s Imperial Beach home said they found an undocumented man in a hidden room along with evidence of drug dealing earlier this month.

    A SWAT team raided Manzano Jr.’s house Jan. 11 in the 3600 block of Shooting Star Drive in San Ysidro and arrested suspected undocumented immigrant Jose Alfredo Garrido-Morena, also 26.

    “It looked like a movie. It was a big scene," said neighbor Daniel Lazo earlier this month. "Seems impossible. They were everywhere."
     
    "They went inside every house," Lazo said. "We couldn't get out. It was crazy.”

    Garrido-Morena had been living at the residence along with Manzano and the accused agent's 46-year-old father, Manzano Sr., according to the complaint.

    Prosecutors said 61 grams of methamphetamine was found inside the suspect's home along with packaging material indicating a drug dealing operation.

    Investigators also found a hidden room under the patio, which is where Morena was found hiding.