CALEXICO/EL CENTRO/INDIO — Eighteen people who illegally entered the country and were arrested by Border Patrol have been convicted and sentenced.
All of the people had prior convictions for other crimes and were all apprehended near Calexico, El Centro or Indio, according to a press release. All of them were sentenced to federal prison.
18 illegal immigrants
Danny Martinez-Ramirez – sentenced to one year
Ismael Vargas-Leon – sentenced to 37 months
Benito Tenorio-Torres – sentenced to 21 months
Javier Tellez-Ayala – sentenced to 52 months
Carlos Bracero-Lemus – sentenced to 21 months
Mario Sevilla-Galena – sentenced to 46 months
Juan Cruz Hernandez-Mercado – sentenced to 21 months
Jose Ramorez-Hernandez – sentenced to 30 months
Luciano Losano-Sanchez – sentenced to 18 months
Salvador Romo-Castillo – sentenced to 15 months
Cesar Alberto Olivarria – sentenced to 24 months
Marco Antonio Olayo-Xochitl – sentenced to 18 months
Osvaldo Ramirez-Barraza – sentenced to 15 months
Alejandro Avato-Emmanuel – sentenced to 18 months
Jose Soto-Gutierrez – sentenced to 30 months
Luis Fernando Flores – sentenced to 24 months
Cesar Montoya-Sosa – sentenced to 41 months
Benjamin Noriega-Castaneda - sentenced to 24 months
Man’s death under investigation
CALEXICO — A man was found unresponsive and declared deceased Saturday afternoon and the cause of death remains under investigation, according authorities.
Police responded to the call to the 200 block of Paseo De Su Alteza around 2:40 p.m., and Juan Carlos Sanchez, 55, was transferred to the Imperial County Coroner’s Office, according to Calexico police call logs.
His autopsy is scheduled for Friday. No more information was available.
Driver waves gun in road rage
A driver waved a gun at a woman driving with her high beams on Highway 111 late Sunday, according to Calexico police call logs.
Police were contacted around 10:34 p.m. that a woman was driving with her high beams on southbound on Highway 111 when another vehicle, possibly a 2007 Jeep Cherokee drove up next to her near the Walmart and waved a gun at her.
Police set up a unit on Imperial Avenue but were unable to locate the alleged offender.
Cocaine found under vehicle seat
ANDRADE — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Andrade Port of Entry found 38 pounds of cocaine hidden under the vehicle’s rear seat early Monday.
Around 6:30 a.m., a CBP officer referred a white 2004 Toyota Tundra pickup for further examination and then found 16 wrapped packages of cocaine hidden in a non-factory compartment under the truck’s rear seat.
The drugs are estimated to have a street value of about $456,000. The driver, a 22-year-old U.S. citizen of Somerton, Ariz., was arrested and transported to Imperial County jail. CBP seized the truck and drugs.
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Imperial County Sheriff’s Office seize black tar heroin and methamphetamine
SALTON CITY — Two people were arrested Saturday after more than 80 pounds of narcotics were found in a vehicle they were traveling in.
Saul Cabello, 21, and Josue Aguirre, 18, of Mexicali were booked into the Imperial County jail, according to a news release from the Imperial County Sheriff’s Office. They were traveling in a vehicle northbound on Highway 86 when a deputy, noticing numerous minor traffic violations consistent with a person driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs or both, pulled over the vehicle.
The driver, Cabello, appeared to the deputy to be nervous and his statements were inconsistent with his actions, according to the press release. The deputy’s suspicions were raised, and he radioed for a Border Patrol canine unit for additional assistance.
The vehicle was transported back to the Highway 86 checkpoint to be X-rayed, where anomalies were seen in all four tires. The tires were split open, and 50 pounds of black tar heroin and 32.9 pounds of methamphetamines were discovered. The two narcotics had an approximate street value of $996,000.
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