Standoff with armed man in Ocotillo

June 28, 2001

Wells State Park ends peacefully

By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

OCOTILLO WELLS — A man wielding a handgun Thursday threatened to kill himself at this North County site until authorities talked the man into dropping the weapon.

The standoff started about 4:30 p.m. when family called authorities to report the man's depressed condition.

Family members told authorities the Santee man, whose name was not released, had come for a visit and was depressed about personal problems.

When authorities arrived in Ocotillo Wells State Park in North County, the man was wielding a handgun as he stood next to a pickup. County Sheriff's Office officials said the man was threatening to kill himself.


Officials credited state parks Capt. Curt Itogawa with talking the man into dropping the gun and giving himself up about an hour after the standoff started.

The man was turned over to county Behavioral Health officials.


Staff Writer

CALEXICO — U.S. Border Patrol agents seized 470 pounds of marijuana Tuesday after they saw several people cross the border illegally carrying large bundles near the Westside Main Canal.

The agents watched the people place the bundles inside a portable water tank 25 yards from the border.

After concealing the bundles inside the tank, the people went back into Mexico.

The agents notified Mexicali authorities and asked if they could assist in trying to locate the individuals.

While the suspects were not found, a Border Patrol canine unit searched the area and found the bundles placed in the tank contained some kind of drug.

The tank was taken to the El Centro Border Patrol station, where it was opened. Agents found 191 individually wrapped packages of marijuana totaling 470 pounds.

No arrests had been made in the case as of this morning.

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