EL CENTRO – El Centro police officers conducted a traffic stop,Â April 12, at 3:26 p.m., on a Nissan Altima after the driver failed to utilize his turn signal prior to turning. The officer approached the driver and asked for his driverâ€™s license, vehicle registration, and insurance. As the officer spoke with the driver he noticed the driver and passenger appeared nervous and displayed abnormal behavior.
Kâ€9 Max, a certified narcotics detecting canine, was utilized to sniff the exterior of the vehicle and alerted to the odor of a controlled substance. A subsequent search of the vehicle led officers to discover approximately four pounds of methamphetamine inside a shopping bag on the passenger side floorboard.
The driver of the vehicle, Jose Luis Martinezâ€Rivera (a 27 yearâ€old resident of Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico) and passenger, Nichols Monnars Sanchezâ€Rivera (a 30 yearâ€old resident of Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico) were arrested and booked at the Imperial County jail. They face felony charges for suspected possession of methamphetamine for sale and transportation of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute.