SIT unit, Calexico police conduct probation sweep

three men busted for drugs

March 21, 2002|By DARREN SIMON

Staff Writer

CALEXICO — Responding to reports of growing drug activity in some neighborhoods here, the Imperial Valley Street Interdiction Team and Calexico police officers conducted probation checks in the city Wednesday.

Three men were arrested for allegedly possessing illegal narcotics, among them heroin, marijuana and methamphetamine.

Arrested were 37-year-old Marco Cabrera on counts of possessing heroin, marijuana and methamphetamine and illegal drug paraphernalia; 30-year-old Jose Preciado for a count of possession of methamphetamine and a parole violation; and 19-year-old Edgar Vega for counts of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and a probation violation.

Cabrera had his bail set at $10,000. Preciado and Vega were being held without bail.

The operation "was in response to recent citizen complaints by Calexico residents of the increase of illegal drug activity in their neighborhoods," stated Tony Lain, commander of SIT.


"The main purpose of this type of enforcement operation is to respond to the needs of citizens, and to also send a message to drug probationers," Lain said. "The message is: ‘If you are on drug probation and continue to use or sell illegal drugs — you will go to jail.' "

The SIT unit is a multi-agency taskforce that focuses on targeting career criminals, violent gang members, street prostitutes, drug probationers and parole violators involved in street-level drug dealing and other drug-related crimes in the Imperial Valley, according to Lain.

The unit is made up of agents from the Calexico and El Centro police departments, the county Sheriff's Office, the county Probation Department and state Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement.

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

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