Holtville man arrested for alleged drug possession

February 15, 2001|By MARCY MISNER, Staff Writer

A Holtville man was in custody today after he allegedly ran a stop sign in El Centro on Tuesday and was found to be under the influence and driving a fancy pickup with hidden compartments.

Imperial police Officer Edward Holguin was driving an unmarked police car on the south side of El Centro about 10:45 p.m. Tuesday when the driver of a pickup in front of him allegedly ran a stop sign.

Holguin called for an El Centro police officer to stop the pickup. The officer pulled over Jose Luis Delgado Jr., 32, of Holtville near Eighth and Aurora streets, Holguin said.

After finding Delgado was exhibiting signs of being under the influence of a stimulant and carrying almost $2,000 in cash, Holguin searched his pickup and found a hidden compartment. Holguin found a quantity of methamphetamine hidden inside the compartment and had the truck towed back to the Imperial Police Department for closer inspection.


"Everything on his truck is loose," Holguin said, pulling off a fuse box cover, an armrest in the back seat and jiggling the side panel on the door.

A cup-holder had been cut away and Holguin showed how it could be taken out of the center console to reveal the space beneath.

Officers found about six ounces of methamphetamine hidden throughout the pickup. An ounce of the powder can yield several hundred lines, or doses. Stickers of an 8-ball, symbolic of narcotics, and a "caution high traffic area" adorned the back window of the pickup.

Holguin said Delgado had not been arrested previously and told officers he crossed the border often.

Holguin took Delgado to the county jail about 3:30 a.m. and went with Holtville police to Delgado's home in Holtville, where Delgado lives with his parents.

He found a scale with methamphetamine residue in Delgado's closet.

Delgado was arrested for suspicion of possession of methamphetamine for sale, being under the influence of a controlled substance and driving under the influence.

Bail was set at $10,000.

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