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Two Brawley men held for allegedly possessing stolen ammonia tanks

January 17, 2002|By MARIO RENTERIA, Staff Writer

BRAWLEY — Two Brawley residents were arrested for possessing stolen ammonia tanks that county Sheriff's Office investigators think were taken to cook methamphetamine.

Sheriff's Sgt. Manuel Avila said Rocky Shores, 38, and Randy Dean Price, 34, were arrested this morning.

Avila said for about six months individuals have been stealing ammonia tanks from fields. He said investigators think the tanks are used to cook methamphetamine.

Since November, four reported cases of thefts of ammonia tanks have been filed. All four were around the same area of Titsworth and Hastain roads, where this morning's case started.

Avila said sheriff's Sgt. Jerry DeMorst spotted two men sitting in a pickup parked near Titsworth and Hastain about 12:30 this morning. The two had a propane tank in the truck bed.

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DeMorst followed the suspects until they led him to one of the stolen ammonia tanks. The men were attempting to use an attachment to fill the propane tank with ammonia from the stolen ammonia tank.

The two men were arrested for possession of stolen property. Price also was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Both were being held in the county jail this morning with bail set at $5,000.

>> Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3441.

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