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EL CENTRO – Police arrest a negligent driver after discovering stolen arms and drugs last week after receiving a caller tip.

El Centro police officers dispatched to a reckless driver call on Fourth Street near Ross Avenue Friday, February 19, at 3:18 p.m. The caller reported a black Lincoln Navigator was swerving and causing a hazard in the area, the ECPD press release said.

Responding officers located a black Lincoln Navigator in the area and contacted the driver after noticing the vehicle’s registration expired in December of 2019, according to the report. While speaking with the driver, officers saw a knife on his person and found a firearm in plain view on the front passenger seat. Officers arrested the driver, Luis Juarez Orozco, a 29-year-old resident of El Centro, after finding drug paraphernalia and the firearm. A records check indicated the Beretta handgun was one of two firearms stolen from a residence in 2020.

Detectives were contacted and informed of the events regarding the recovery of the stolen firearm, per the report. Detectives obtained a search warrant for Orozco’s residence in El Centro and located three additional firearms. Juarez Orozco was booked at the Imperial County Jail for allegedly carrying a loaded weapon, possession of ammunition by a prohibited person, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The ECPD is encouraging anyone with information about this investigation to call El Centro Detective Alfredo Hernandez at (760) 335-4674 or the Detective Bureau at (760) 337-4502.

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