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By ALEJANDRO DÁVILA | Staff Writer | March 20, 2013
Editor's Note: This article has been corrected. Toxicology tests found no illegal drugs in the body of Daniel Romero, the resident who mysteriously died following a disturbance at Kashmir Night Club last month. “The only thing that we can say about that (toxicology report), is that there was a high level of alcohol,” said Imperial County Deputy Coroner Rodolfo Barron on Tuesday. However, it's still unclear what killed Romero, 31, who died Feb. 10. “The doctor still has to review the toxicology report and then he has to do other testing,” said Barron, who explained that the pathologist also has to review police reports before the cause of death is determined.
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By MARIO RENTERIA | March 22, 2002
Staff Writer El Centro police arrested a 48-year-old man Thursday for allegedly using illegal drugs in front of his 14-year-old son. Police Lt. Tim Blankenship said police arrested Pablo Avila Valenzuela on suspicion of willful cruelty to a child and being under the influence of a controlled substance. Blankenship said officers were dispatched to a home in the 1400 block of North Imperial Avenue at 5:29 p.m. after a juvenile called police to report someone was using illegal drugs in his residence.
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By SILVIO J. PANTA, Staff Writer | May 13, 2010
Multiple law enforcement teams Wednesday conducted a police sweep throughout the Imperial Valley to target people suspected of the illegal use and sales of drugs, a press statement read. Called “Operation Aftershock,” the enforcement action was also aimed at those suspected of transporting illegal drugs, and those who have outstanding arrest warrants, according to Imperial County District Attorney Gilbert Otero said. The Imperial Valley Law Enforcement Coordination Center is coordinating the overall operation, Otero said in the release.
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By KARINA LOPEZ | Staff Writer | October 24, 2012
For nearly 25 years, children in Imperial County and across the nation have taken the pledge to remain drug free, while honoring Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena of the Drug Enforcement Administration. A native of Calexico, Camarena was tortured and killed in Mexico in 1985 while fighting the battle against illegal drugs. Since his murder, schools across the country have commemorated Camarena with “Red Ribbon Week.” The campaign aims to promote a healthy and violence-free lifestyle in the nation's youths.
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By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | January 13, 2012
I'd like to know why nothing is being done about people selling illegal drugs and pills outside the clinic? I have family members who are clients. They are doing good but they say this makes it very hard for them seeing it right there in their faces. The clinic needs to report this to the police but they don't because they don't care about their clients. All they do is go out and tell them to move down the block please. Get something done about this. I want my family members to keep doing good.
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STAFF REPORT | November 10, 2003
Imperial County Behavioral Health Services is sponsoring the forum "Environmental Approaches to Underage Drinking" from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday at the Farrar Leadership Center at 1398 Sperber Road in El Centro. Health officials contend alcohol is linked to the three leading causes of death among teenagers: murder, accidents and suicide. Alcohol kills six and one-half times more American youths as all illegal drugs combined, costing California $6.5 billion a year, according to the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation.
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By MARIO RENTERÍA | August 2, 2002
Staff Writer BRAWLEY ? The Imperial Valley Street Interdiction Team and the state Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement, Border Interdiction team assisted police officers here in a drug sweep Thursday. Arrests of five Brawley residents were made, according to an SIT press release. The press release also states Brawley police Lt. John Myers requested the assistance of the SIT unit due to a recent increase in violent crimes such as armed robberies and assaults. Agents specifically targeted career criminals, violent gang members, drug probationers and parole violators involved in the use of illegal drugs and other drug-related crimes.
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April 3, 2004
I was surprised to read such lousy arguments against drug testing in the sports section by Mario Renteria . Just because some drugs are not performance-enhancing it does not mean athletes should be taking them. Putting a uniform on with your school name is enough. Athletes, as representatives of their school, should not be taking illegal drugs ? neither steroids nor "commonly" used drugs such as marijuana, cocaine and heroin. (I'd like to know where Mario lives.) The solution offered by Mario is absurd ?
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By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | December 19, 2012
A 46-year-old man was arrested after allegedly stealing a bicycle from Wal-Mart and running into a pole Tuesday afternoon. The suspect, who when arrested was allegedly also in possession of illegal drugs, left the store through the middle entrance around 3 p.m., according to El Centro police call logs. Shortly after, the man crashed into a pole, left the bicycle and attempted to flee on foot. The man, described as wearing a black jacket and black pants, ran toward trees near Costco and the old Wal-Mart, according to the logs.
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By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer | January 31, 2002
SEELEY ? A traffic accident on Interstate 8 east of this community this morning led to an arrest of a man for allegedly driving a stolen vehicle and possessing illegal drugs. The man, a 22-year-old El Centro resident whose name was unavailable, was driving a pickup on the interstate when he lost control of the truck east of Jeffrey Road just before 5 a.m. A California Highway Patrol unit was 1,000 feet behind the man when the accident occurred, and, when the officer stopped, he saw the driver exiting the vehicle.
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By ALEJANDRO DÁVILA | Staff Writer | March 20, 2013
Editor's Note: This article has been corrected. Toxicology tests found no illegal drugs in the body of Daniel Romero, the resident who mysteriously died following a disturbance at Kashmir Night Club last month. “The only thing that we can say about that (toxicology report), is that there was a high level of alcohol,” said Imperial County Deputy Coroner Rodolfo Barron on Tuesday. However, it's still unclear what killed Romero, 31, who died Feb. 10. “The doctor still has to review the toxicology report and then he has to do other testing,” said Barron, who explained that the pathologist also has to review police reports before the cause of death is determined.
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By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | December 19, 2012
A 46-year-old man was arrested after allegedly stealing a bicycle from Wal-Mart and running into a pole Tuesday afternoon. The suspect, who when arrested was allegedly also in possession of illegal drugs, left the store through the middle entrance around 3 p.m., according to El Centro police call logs. Shortly after, the man crashed into a pole, left the bicycle and attempted to flee on foot. The man, described as wearing a black jacket and black pants, ran toward trees near Costco and the old Wal-Mart, according to the logs.
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By KARINA LOPEZ | Staff Writer | October 24, 2012
For nearly 25 years, children in Imperial County and across the nation have taken the pledge to remain drug free, while honoring Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena of the Drug Enforcement Administration. A native of Calexico, Camarena was tortured and killed in Mexico in 1985 while fighting the battle against illegal drugs. Since his murder, schools across the country have commemorated Camarena with “Red Ribbon Week.” The campaign aims to promote a healthy and violence-free lifestyle in the nation's youths.
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By JUSTIN ORSINO | Special to this Newspaper | September 8, 2012
Imperial County Behavioral Health Services will hold a public forum about the dangers of drug abuse Friday in El Centro. The forum will be at 225 Wake Ave. from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Representatives of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Alcoholics Anonymous, SMART Recovery and other organizations will speak to the public and educate Imperial Valley residents about drug abuse and recovery among teenagers and adults. People seeking more information will also have time to ask questions.
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By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | January 13, 2012
I'd like to know why nothing is being done about people selling illegal drugs and pills outside the clinic? I have family members who are clients. They are doing good but they say this makes it very hard for them seeing it right there in their faces. The clinic needs to report this to the police but they don't because they don't care about their clients. All they do is go out and tell them to move down the block please. Get something done about this. I want my family members to keep doing good.
NEWS
By SILVIO J. PANTA, Staff Writer | May 13, 2010
Multiple law enforcement teams Wednesday conducted a police sweep throughout the Imperial Valley to target people suspected of the illegal use and sales of drugs, a press statement read. Called “Operation Aftershock,” the enforcement action was also aimed at those suspected of transporting illegal drugs, and those who have outstanding arrest warrants, according to Imperial County District Attorney Gilbert Otero said. The Imperial Valley Law Enforcement Coordination Center is coordinating the overall operation, Otero said in the release.
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By SILVIO J. PANTA, Staff Writer | May 21, 2009
CALEXICO ? Two Mexican citizens were arrested Thursday in connection with the discovery of 26 wrapped packages of methamphetamine during a check at the east Port of Entry, a news release said Friday. The seizure occurred at 3:10 p.m. when U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers found the drugs concealed within the front quarter panels of a 2009 Ford Mustang. The illegal drugs were worth about $409,000, the news release said. Driver allegedly under influence A 30-year-old El Centro woman was arrested Thursday on suspicion of driving under the influence after she reportedly crashed her Toyota pickup into a parked car near the Dillard?
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By SILVIO J. PANTA, Staff Writer | April 11, 2008
CALEXICO ? U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers foiled six narcotic attempts during a five-day period that prevented more than $2.8 million worth of drugs from coming into the country, officials said. The law enforcement at the ports of entry stopped 286 pounds of cocaine and 53 pounds of methamphetamine from crossing the border, Customs and Border Protection officials said. The illegal narcotics weighed a combined total of 339 pounds. ?These impressive drug seizures are examples of the remarkable job Calexico CBP officers do every day to prevent illegal drugs from entering the country,?
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