The El Centro Police, through the use of training and discernment, spotted and arrested a drug trafficker while they were on duty Friday, February 26, around 3:42 p.m.
Two officers were working a traffic enforcement detail, when they saw a motorcyclist traveling north at the 1900 block of South Imperial Avenue. The motorcyclist caught their attention when he passed the patrol vehicle, then pulled in front of the officers without signaling.
The officers stopped the motorcyclist to issue a citation for the violations.
While speaking with the motorcyclist, the officers noticed the individual appeared to be nervous and provided several inconsistent statements with regards to the officers’ observations. It was further determined the motorcyclist did not possess a valid driver’s license or proof of insurance for the motorcycle.
The officers also noticed the motorcyclist was wearing a backpack. They asked for and received consent to search the backpack, discovering six vacuum-sealed packages containing six and a half pounds of methamphetamine. The street value of the methamphetamine is estimated to be $152,400. They also located $1,000 in United States currency, which was seized as drug proceeds. This is a significant seizure in that it helps stymie the flow of illegal drugs in El Centro and Imperial County.
The motorcyclist, Jose Luis Sandoval, a 21-year-old resident of Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico, was arrested and booked at the Imperial County Jail.