Valley's newest law enforcement unit ‘in the right place at the right time'

August 21, 2001|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

The Imperial Valley Street Interdiction Team, the Valley's newest law enforcement unit formed to attack drug use, was in the right place at the right time recently.

Executing a search warrant at 283 E. Olive Ave. in El Centro, agents from the team and the Imperial County Narcotic Task Force found 3.7 grams of methamphetamine, 2.6 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia inside the home.

One of the residents, Joe Carreon, 18, was arrested during the search on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine for sale.

According to a press release from the interdiction team, agents also reportedly found drugs on another man in the residence, Steven Vasquez, 29, of El Centro.

Vasquez allegedly was in possession of half a gram of methamphetamine and half a gram of heroin. He was arrested on suspicion of possessing the drugs.


While agents were at the residence they heard several telephone calls.

An agent answered one of the calls and the caller, later identified as Marcos San Ramon, 21, of El Centro, allegedly placed an order to purchase methamphetamine.

San Ramon reportedly told the agent he was at a business in El Centro, then provided the agent with his name and a description of his clothing.

The agent told San Ramon he would deliver the drugs. Agents then arrived at the business, which was not named in the press release, in full police uniform and arrested San Ramon on suspicion of attempting to purchase methamphetamine.

Information was unavailable this morning on the custody status of the three arrestees.

Staff Writer Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082.

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