Subject found sleeping on front porch of a residence
CALEXICO – On October 18, Calexico Police Officers responded to the 500 block of Martinez St., regarding an unknown male subject sleeping on the porch of the residence. The Officer arrived and recognized the subject as Cristian Rueda, who was wanted on a false imprisonment case from the day prior. The subject was arrested and booked into the Imperial County Jail.
BP seize drugs and weapons at Blythe checkout
BLYTHE – Border Patrol agents working at a checkpoint in Blythe, California, seized more than $76,000 in marijuana and three weapons during separate incidents yesterday, two of which involved vehicle pursuits.
Canine teams alerted to two vehicles during separate primary inspections, resulting in the drivers being directed to a secondary inspection. In each case, instead of pulling over for the secondary inspection, the vehicles sped through the checkpoint.
One of the vehicles reached excessive speeds while passing other motorist on the shoulder of the Interstate. La Paz County Sheriff’s Office, the Quartzsite Police Department and Arizona Department of Transportation assisted in the pursuit that ended when the driver crashed into a concrete barrier. The driver, a male U.S. citizen, fled the scene on foot but was quickly captured by Blythe agents. Agents then searched the vehicle and found 147 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $73,500, and a loaded handgun.
During pursuit of the second vehicle, agents observed the male driver, also a U.S. citizen, throw a suitcase from one of the vehicle’s windows shortly before stopping. Agents took the driver into custody and recovered the suitcase, containing nearly 5 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $2,400. Agents also recovered an AR-15 rifle found next to the suitcase.
A third incident at the checkpoint occurred after an agent detected a strong marijuana odor emitting from the vehicle and referred the driver for a secondary inspection. During the subsequent search, agents found a safe in the back of the vehicle containing a loaded handgun, several drug paraphernalia items, and a pound of marijuana worth about $500.
Man sighted escorting multiple subjects into a home on CN Perry Ave.
CALEXICO – On October 18, Calexico patrol units responded to a radio call of a man escorting multiple subject into a home on the 1200 block of CN Perry Ave. with a handgun. No subjects were found in the area. The resident, allowed police officers to search his residence and no one was located. Officers later detained a subject in a red Dodge Charge who was in the area and said was there to pick up illegal aliens from the resident. The subject was turned over to Border Patrol.
Border Patrol Agents Arrest 12, Seize Nearly $450K in Drugs
Wellton Border Patrol agents seized nearly 900 pounds of marijuana and arrested 12 individuals south of the I-8 Sentinel Rest Area.
At approximately 10 a.m., the group of suspected smugglers were seen hiking through the desert, carrying what appeared to be backpacks of marijuana, through a remote region about three miles south of the Sentinel Rest area.
Responding agents located and apprehended the group, all dressed in camouflage.
Decomposed body found on Highway 111
BOMBAY BEACH – On October 19, Imperial Sheriffs responded to the area of Highway 111 and Checkpoint (7 miles north of Bombay Beach), where a driver pulled over to the side of the road due to his vehicle overheating. The driver exited the vehicle and as he began walking found a decomposed body. Officers later confirmed the body was human remains and were turned over to the Coroner’s Department.
Stolen vehicle outside of Chavela’s Bar
CALEXICO – On October 19, Calexico Police Officers responded to the 500 block of Imperial Ave. regarding a stolen vehicle. The owner of a 2007 black-colored Dodge Durango said the vehicle was parked in front of Chavela’s Bar at 7:00 p.m. and two hours later the vehicle was missing.
Missing Person – 6’1”, 250 lb., male with black hair and brown eyes
EL CENTRO – On October 19, Imperial County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a female who reported her husband as a missing person. The missing person is described as a 6’1”, 250 lb. male, with black hair and brown eyes. According to the caller, her husband left Mexicali on October 2, and has not been seen since.
Suspect attempting to cross stolen vehicle into Mexico
CALEXICO – On October 19, Calexico Police Officers were dispatched to the 100 block of Rockwood Ave. regarding the theft of an older model Nissan Sentra. The vehicle was later found one block away – with a suspect seated on the driver’s seat. The suspect told police that a random person was going to pay him to wait awhile and then cross the vehicle into Mexico.
Abandoned residence on Las Flores caught on fire
CALEXICO – On October 19, Calexcio Police Officers responded to a fire on an abandoned residence on Las Flores St. The residence was abandoned; however, a transient had been camping inside recently. At the time of the report, it was unknown what caused the fire. The Calexico Fire Department is currently investigating.