Valley Police Beat: Resident arrested in possession of meth and gun

July 22, 2012|By ALEJANDRO DAVILA | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer

EL CENTRO - A 26-year-old man was arrested after he allegedly was found in possession of methamphetamine and a gun discovered in his house near Waterman and Brighton avenues Friday afternoon. 

The arrest of Joseph Anthony Pinuelas was a result of Stonegarden, a federally funded program designed to interdict narcotics and illegal immigrants, said El Centro police Sgt. Robert Sawyer. Pinuelas had an outstanding warrant from a prior case and “we located him near the 200 block of South Waterman (Avenue), he said.

Pinuelas was accompanied by Larissa Canizales, 18, Sawyer said, and both were found in possession of methamphetamine and transported to the Police Department.

Canizales, who was arrested in connection with being found under the influence of narcotics, was ultimately released pending medical results.

However, Pinuelas was booked on suspicion of possession of illegal narcotics for the purpose of sale and prohibited possession of a firearm.

Pinuela also faces being involved in a felony while on bail. 

Cargo worth $75,000 stolen with a storage container

A storage container that had in it some $75,000 of cargo was stolen near the 600 block of State Avenue on Friday.

In addition, the container was worth some $2,000, according to El Centro police call logs.

The incident was reported around 1 p.m., the logs show, but the cargo wasn’t described.

Alleged victim of assault dies

A 32-year-old woman thought to be a victim of assault earlier this month died at El Centro Regional Medical Center on Saturday, Imperial County sheriff’s call logs show.

The woman was brought into ECRMC on July 8, the logs show, and the victim’s death was reported to the Sheriff’s Office around 1 a.m. Saturday.

El Centro police and Border Patrol smuggling investigators were notified, according to the logs.

Lead investigators at the El Centro Police Department weren’t available for comments and officials at the Sheriff’s Office couldn’t be reached.

Bird stolen

WINTERHAVEN - A white umbrella cacatou with a silver bracelet on its leg was reported missing Saturday from a residence on Arnold Road.

The bird was valued at $1,500, the Imperial County Sheriff’s Office call logs read, and the point of entry was an unlocked garage door.

— Alejandro Davila,

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