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Local trafficker arrested

(Drug trafficker busted)….40 year old Rafael Adan Martinez was arrested late last week.

It is alleged that Martinez was the leader of a local narcotics trafficking organization. He was arrested following an investigation by the Imperial County Narcotics Task Force. His El Centro Tire Shop was also raided during the arrest. At one time Martinez worked as a Holtville Police Officer. He also had been hired by the County Sheriff’s Office, but was let go before his probationary period was up. Martinez’s organization is suspected of trafficking methamphetamine from Mexicali to various parts of the interior of the United States. He is also suspected of impersonating a police officer from time to time. The NTF says Martinez is also suspected of planning a kidnapping.