Man, 33, jailed for drugs

3 grams of heroin found

January 28, 2002|By MARIO RENTERÍA, Staff Writer

WESTMORLAND — Police here caught a 33-year-old Mexico resident with 3 grams of black tar heroin this morning and plan to file a complaint against him with the District Attorney's Office.

Westmorland police Officer Steve Mistriel said Gilberto Manriquez Ceballos was pulled over for a minor vehicle code violation in the 400 block of South Center Street at 2 a.m.

Mistriel said one of the officers witnessed Manrriquez hide something under the seats of the car.

Manriquez, who was not carrying any identification, was asked to step out of his vehicle by one of the officers, who noticed he had a large bundle of something in his waistband. That bundle turned out to be a large sum of money. A separate sum of money was found in his front right pocket. Mistriel said the money totaled more than $1,700.

Manriquez gave the officers permission to search the vehicle. A canine unit from the U.S. Border Patrol was called to assist the officers.


Officers found 3 grams of black tar heroin individually packed in nine separate bindles ready for sale. Officers also found a loaded .38 caliber revolver under the seats.

Mistriel said Manriquez has previous narcotics, weapons, transportation of narcotics and narcotics manufacturing convictions in California and Arizona.

Manriquez also was found to be using false documents to cross into the U.S. from Mexico.

Manriquez was in the county jail today with bail set at $20,000. Mistriel also said Manriquez has a hold from the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

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

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