SIT agents arrest two brothers on suspicion of drug-related crimes

March 16, 2002|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

HOLTVILLE — Imperial Valley Street Interdiction Team agents arrested two brothers here Friday on suspicion of drug-related crimes, ending an investigation that started with reports narcotics were being sold from a residence here.

The arrests were made just after noon at a residence in the 700 block of Walnut Avenue.

One of the brothers arrested was Antonio Padilla, 26, who was booked into the county jail on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine with the purpose of selling it and possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Padilla was in the county jail late Friday with his bail set at $11,500.

His younger brother, 21-year-old Alex Padilla, was at the residence when agents served a search warrant. He was arrested on suspicion of possessing less than one ounce of marijuana. He was cited and released pending a court date.

The SIT unit made the arrests at the Padilla residence with the help of the Imperial County Narcotic Task Force, the Holtville Police Department and the U.S. Border Patrol.


Tony Lain, SIT unit commander, stated in a press release the investigation started after authorities received reports drugs were being sold from the Padilla home.

Agents conducted surveillance of the area and "utilized other investigative techniques" to obtain a search warrant. The search warrant was served and the arrests made without incident, Lain said.

"This investigation is just another example of the good police work that can be accomplished when different law enforcement agencies work together toward a common goal," Lain stated.

Authorities ask anyone with information about illegal drug activity to contact law enforcement agencies by calling a 24-hour tip line at 339-6333. Those calling can remain anonymous.

The SIT unit is a multi-agency task force formed to deal with the selling and use of drugs at the street level.

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

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