EL CENTRO – On Monday, November 17, 2014 at approximately 7:23 pm, an Imperial County Sheriffâ€™s Office Deputy Sheriff conducted a traffic stop near Hwy 98 for a minor traffic violation.
While speaking to the driver the deputy became suspicious and determined a further inspection of the vehicle was warranted and requested a deputy with a canine.
A search of the vehicle resulted with the canine alerting to the rear bumper area. The bumper was checked and several packages of a white powdery substance were located with an approximate weight of 20 lbs. A field test of the substance tested positive for methamphetamine.
The driver, identified as Miguel Franco Barraza was arrested and booked into the Imperial County Jail for Transportation and Sales of a Controlled Substance.
The case will be submitted to the Imperial County District Attorneyâ€™s Office for further review and prosecution.