EL CENTRO – Tuesday, April 2, at 7:45 AM, officers with the El Centro Police Department, police canine handlers from the California Highway Patrol and agents of the California Department of Justice Imperial Valley Street Interdiction Team served two narcotics search warrants at local residences.
The first warrant was served at a home in the 400 block of Vine Avenue and the second was served at a home in the 1000 block of S. 4th Street. Three people were detained at the home on Vine and nine people were detained on 4th.
Three ounces of methamphetamine and 1 ounce of heroin were seized from the Vine Avenue address. Those drugs had an approximate value of $2,300.00. Additionally, officers discovered 41 pounds of clean, stripped copper wire inside the home. The wire is believed to have been stolen during some recent copper thefts reported throughout the city.
Only one person from the Vine address was arrested; 36 year old Oscar Hester of El Centro was in possession of the narcotics found inside that house. Hester was cited and released from custody, pending the filing of charges with the district attorney’s office.
One gram of methamphetamine and 1.2 grams of heroin were discovered in the possession of one of the occupants at the 4th Street location. Officers also recovered a laptop computer that was reported stolen during a residential burglary in El Centro on March 23rd.
Richard Wilson, a 50 year old resident of Imperial was arrested for possession of the narcotics and 33 year old Angela Viloria of El Centro was found to be in possession of the stolen computer.
Both Wilson and Viloria, along with 30 year old Melissa Batt and 39 year old Albert Viloria; all of El Centro were booked into the Imperial County Jail on charges ranging from being in a place where narcotics are being used to parole violations.
The other five people were not taken into custody.