Parents, son arrested in marijuana bust

December 31, 2001|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

A call about a theft in El Centro on Sunday led police to arrest a husband and wife and their son from whose home police alleged marijuana was being sold.

El Centro police Officer Robert Sawyer said officers responded to a home in the 1500 block of Hamilton Avenue to a theft call.

When officers arrived they were told by a resident of the house a man had walked off with $5. When police found the man he did not have any money on him and the family did not wish to pursue charges.

During the course of the investigation, police received information that drugs were being sold from the residence.

Sawyer said officers at the scene instructed the family residing at the home to secure a dog that was inside the residence.


When doing so took too long, officers went inside the residence and found Anthony Montoya, 23, reportedly attempting to flush marijuana down the toilet.

Police searched the home and found about a pound and a half of marijuana, Sawyer alleged.

Montoya and his parents, Norma, 50, and Guadalupe, 51, were all arrested and booked into the county jail.

Anthony Montoya was booked on suspicion of maintaining a house where drugs are sold, destroying evidence and resisting arrest. His bail was set at $1,000. By Monday he had been released on his own recognizance.

Norma Montoya also was booked on the same counts, with her bail set at $1,000. She was released on her own recognizance.

Guadalupe Montoya was booked in on suspicion of maintaining a home where drugs are sold and for possessing marijuana for sales.

He remained in custody Monday with his bail set at $5,000.

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