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Westmorland teen, Imperial man arrested

drugs, packaging materials discovered

March 31, 2001|By RICHARD MONTENEGRO, Staff Writer

BRAWLEY — A Westmorland teen and an Imperial man traveling in a rental car were arrested on suspicion of drug offenses here Friday morning.

Brawley police Sgt. Perry Monita said California Highway Patrol officers notified police a suspected drunken driver was heading north into Brawley city limits via Dogwood Road around 2 a.m. Saturday.

Brawley police Officer Arnold Valdez initiated a stop of the vehicle, driven by a 17-year-old of Westmorland, near the intersection of Imperial Avenue and Ell Street.

Monita said the youth, who was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, was also found to be holding six small bindles of heroin at a total weight of about .8 grams.


He was also booked on suspicion of possession of heroin.

A search of the vehicle by Valdez and Officer Steve Pope yielded 15 to 16 grams of methamphetamine in the passenger compartment.

Alfonso Fuentes, 26, of Imperial, a passenger in the vehicle and also the man who rented the car in which the pair were traveling, was arrested on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell after a scale and drug-packaging materials were found in his personal effects in the trunk of the vehicle, Monita said.

The teen was transported to juvenile hall, while Fuentes was taken to the county jail.

Custody status on both suspects was unavailable Saturday night.

Staff Writer Richard Montenegro can be reached at 337-3453.

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