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Talisman fails to ward off deputies, man arrested for meth possession

January 03, 2001|By MARCY MISNER, Staff Writer

NILAND — A good luck charm may have helped a Brawley man for awhile but his luck ran out Tuesday after county Sheriff's Office deputies found 29 grams of methamphetamine in his sock.

Deputies Rafael Peraza and Peter Fuentes approached Alex Ascencio, 35, a resident of rural Brawley, near Highway 111 and Noffsinger Road about 6 p.m. Tuesday as Ascencio was working on his car, said sheriff's Sgt. Mike Leon.

"It appeared he was having trouble with his vehicle. He had the hood up and was working on the radiator. The deputies went to see if they could help," Leon said.

While talking to Ascensio, they reportedly recognized him as someone they'd seen around drug users in the Brawley area. They asked to search him and his car. Leon said Ascencio told them he had drugs in his sock. Deputies found a 29-gram rock of methamphetamine in his sock. Leon said 29 grams yields about 1,500 doses of methamphetamine, depending on the size of the dose. A digital scale also was found in the vehicle.


While searching the car, deputies found a liquid-filled bottle labeled with the words "contra arresto," which means "against arrest." Leon said he's seen drug dealers with similar talismans to ward off police officers.

"I don't think it worked. I don't know if they'll give him his money back," Leon said with a laugh.

Ascencio was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, possession for sale.

He was in the county jail this morning with bail set at $25,000.

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