Minor traffic stop leads to drug bust


el-centro-police-department logoOfficers from the El Centro Police Department seized a large amount of methamphetamine following a routine traffic stop.

According to the police department, an officer stopped a newer model silver Nissan Sentra Tuesday morning around 1:00 a.m. on Highway 111, near Aten Road. The officer said he noticed the vehicle was traveling at approximately 70 miles per hour in a 55 miles per hour traffic lane.

After pulling the car over, the officer noticed the occupants appeared nervous and one of the passengers admitted to having just come from Mexico.

The officer requested the assistance of a police K9 from the Imperial Police Department. The K9 team arrived and gave a positive indication of the odor of narcotics coming from the car, and a passenger of the vehicle.

A female agent from the United States Border Patrol responded to search the female. During the search, the agent located two pounds of methamphetamine strapped to the passenger’s upper thighs.

The female passenger was identified as Isabel Sanchez, 52 years old, from Calipatria, California. She was booked at the Imperial County Jail for felony possession of methamphetamine for sale.

“I am very pleased with the officer’s efforts to protect our community. He used his observations skills to turn this minor violation into a large drug seizure,” said Commander Robert Sawyer. “This is a perfect example of interagency cooperation. It’s partnerships like these that allow us to provide our citizens with the quality of life they deserve.”

The driver and other passenger were released on scene.