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Drug bust in Holtville

(Warrant results in drug seizure and arrests)….The Imperial Valley Street Interdiction Team and the Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team served the narcotic search warrant.

They served it on a house in the 700 block of Walnut Avenue in Holtville. The search resulted in the recovery of 20 grams of methamphetamine. They also found packaging material, methadone pills and drug paraphernalia. Two people were arrested. 27-year-old Juan Padilla, who lives at the location and 32-year-old Maricela Lopez. They were charged with possession of methamphetamine for sale, possession of drug paraphernalia and being at a place where drugs are being used or sold. While being booked into County Jail, Padilla was searched and deputies found over 3 grams of methamphetamine on his person. That resulted in an additional charge of bringing a controlled substance into jail. The case has been turned over to the District Attorney’s office for possible prosecution.