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National City police said Monday that Juan Carlos Vera contacted his cousin, a police detective, to get advice on what to with information on possible human smuggling.
For what it's worth, the National City Police Department issued a September 17 statement confirming ACORN claims that Juan Carlos Vera, the employee who met with the masquerading couple, did contact the police about his encounter -- and before the scandal broke.
"On August 20, 2009, an ACORN employee contacted his cousin, a National City Police Detective, to ask him general advice regarding information he had received about possible human smuggling," the statement says. "In response, the Detective contacted a law enforcement officer serving on a federal task force that specifically deals with human smuggling." The press release ends by noting nothing came of the exchange with ACORN because its employee called back to report the human-trafficking story had been a ruse.
When contacted by the L.A. Weekly, National City's assistant police chief, Manuel Rodriguez, confirmed his department had been contacted but that matter ended with ACORN's admission that it had been hoaxed.
"Until," Rodgriguez added, "all the news stories came out."