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Ounce of meth found in patrol car following arrest of 24-year-old man in Calipatria

June 15, 2001|By MARIO RENTERÍA, Staff Writer

CALIPATRIA — A police officer here found about an ounce of methamphetamine in the back seat of his patrol car after he arrested a 24-year-old man for a violation of probation warrant.

Calipatria Police Chief Reggie Gomez said Officer Lynn Mara found about 1 ounce of methamphetamine as he was taking Luis Espudo Marquez out of the back seat of his squad car.

Marquez has two residences, one in Calipatria and the other in Niland.

The incident started when a call came into police about 6 a.m. regarding a suspicious person sleeping in his vehicle in the 100 block of East California Street.

Mara went to the scene and found Marquez in the vehicle.

When Mara ran a background check, he found Marquez had a warrant for his arrest for a violation of probation.

Mara placed Marquez in the back seat of his squad car and took him to the police station.

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While taking Marquez out of the car, Mara found three small packages of methamphetamine left behind in the seat.

Gomez said it is procedure for officers to check the back seat before starting their shifts and after removing a suspect.

Two sheets of paper were also taken into evidence. Gomez said it appeared as if Marquez had been pricing the methamphetamine on the papers.

Marquez was arrested on an additional charge for possession of a controlled substance for sales.

He was being held in the county jail today without bail.

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

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