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Traffic stop lands Calipatria man in jail on drug charge

April 10, 2001|By MARIO RENTERÍA, Staff Writer

CALIPATRIA — A 38-year-old resident here was arrested for possession of methamphetamine after a police officer stopped him for a vehicle infraction.

Calipatria Police Chief Reggie Gomez said Juan Rodriguez was arrested after he was discovered to be carrying an ounce of methamphetamine. The methamphetamine was in two rocks, one the size of a golf ball, Gomez said.

Rodriguez was pulled over about 6 p.m. Monday in the 100 block of East Main Street by Officer Eric Granado.

Granado stopped Rodriguez for driving a car with a cracked windshield. The crack extended two feet from the passenger side to the middle of the windshield.

Rodriguez's 7-year-old son was in the passenger seat during the stop.

While Granado was patting down Rodriguez, Granado found the methamphetamine in Rodriguez's right front pants pocket.

While police were searching the trunk of Rodriguez's vehicle, they found a shotgun with the barrel removed and an air rifle altered to look like a real weapon.

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Gomez said the case is still under investigation and police will seek to seize all of the property in the case, including the car, the guns and the $641 Rodriguez was carrying.

Gomez said Rodriguez was arrested for child endangerment and possession for sale, transportation and being under the influence of a controlled substance.

Rodriguez was in the county jail today with bail set at $35,000.

Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3435.

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