A spokesperson for the El Centro Police Department said a narcotics search warrant was executed on a local home last week. The execution was a joint-effort between the El Centro Police and the Department of Justice Imperial Valley Street Interdiction team.
The warrant was served at the home of 56 year-old Sergio Rodriguez. A search of the home is reported to have resulted in the seizure of nearly 25 grams of methamphetamine. Packaging materials and other drug-related paraphernalia were also confiscated. Surveillance equipment, they said was seized as well.
The department spokesperson said drugs were not the only items found inside the Eucalyptus Avenue home. A police commander said they also found more than half a dozen undocumented immigrants hiding inside a motor home that was parked on a portion of the property. Those individuals were taken into custody and interviewed by Border Patrol agents. It is unclear whether the immigrants had ties to the manufacturing and or sale of methamphetamine.
Rodriguez was arrested and transported to the Imperial County jail. He is currently being held without bail. Rodriguez is being held on a federal charge of bringing illegal aliens into the country. Prosecutors have said they will address the methamphetamine in a separate case that has not yet been filed.
An arraignment date has not been set.