Border Patrol catches police impostor

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (KRQE) – Border Patrol agents didn’t find drugs, but they did find a police impostor at a border checkpoint.

Border Patrol says 33-year-old Shawn Harris pulled up to the Alamogordo, N.M. checkpoint claiming he was a reserve officer with mounted patrol. Harris said he was there to conduct a drug investigation with the Otero County narcotics unit.

Harris was driving a Lincoln Crown Victoria outfitted with police equipment and a license plate with a badge and the initials N.M.M.P.

Harris was wearing military style fatigues, carrying a gun, and had a t-shirt with a gold badge printed on it.

Real narcotics officers there quickly pointed him out as an impostor.

Harris is facing misdemeanor charges of falsely representing himself as a police officer. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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