From the daily archives: Monday, May 9, 2011

Calexico, Calif. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working at the Calexico downtown port of entry arrested a United States citizen after they discovered 91 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in the vehicle she was driving.

The incident occurred early this morning at about 1:00 a.m. when a CBP officer conducting inspections of vehicles and travelers entering the U.S. referred the driver, a 25-year-old female, for further examination after the officer noticed her suspicious behavior.

At the secondary inspection area, an intensive examination that included a canine screening of the grey Hyundai Accent led officers to the discovery of 34 wrapped packages of methamphetamine, concealed inside the quarter panels and seats. The methamphetamine has a street value of approximately $1,001,000.

The driver, a resident of Calexico, Calif,, was turned over to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents for further processing.

CBP seized both the vehicle and narcotic.

The interception comes on the heels of a 51 pound cocaine seizure that occurred on Wednesday also at the downtown port. For more information on the 51 pound cocaine seizure, please visit the CBP Newsroom Web site. ( Calexico Port Officers Seize 51 Pounds of Cocaine )

 

By Jim Predmore

 

Imperial County District Attorney Gilbert Otero speeks to the croud of over 400 at Turning Points Banquet

“Pressing on Towards the Goal” was the theme of Turning Point Ministry’s annual banquet at the Old Eucalyptus Schoolhouse in El Centro on May 6th.  The evening turned out to be a very exquisite event for the over 400 in attendance. The program included a tribute to Turning Point’s late Pastor and Director Mike Johnson, as well as a silent auction, dinner, music, guest speakers and testimonies.

 

Pastor Richard Moore gave the invocation and introduced one of the first students to graduate from Turning Point, Filberto.  Filberto graduated in 1993 and now runs an orphanage in Mexicali and pastors a church there. He has gone on many missionary trips deep into Mexico and also to Haiti to help start an orphanage there. Mike Johnson talked about Filberto on numerous occasions, and loved to recount a time when they were crossing the border. When asked to state his citizenship, Filberto boldly pointed to the sky and said” heaven”. Filberto stated that he was so appreciative of Turning Point and how the program changed his life.

 

Pamela Littrell, from the Imperial County Probation Department was the first guest speaker. She talked about the working relationship that she had with Mike Johnson and how Mike went from someone on probation to someone truly respected by the department. Ms. Littrell stated that Mike was so respected that he was the only non- law enforcement individual who could book a person into county jail or call a judge and have a warrant issued. Ms. Littrell also stated that she would seek advice from Mike on numerous occasions and how she misses him.

 

There were testimonies from former students and parents of former students on how Turning Point changed the path their family was on and how grateful they were.  All in the audience were able to get a real idea of the positive effect Turning Point has on families and the ability it provides to individuals to get their lives going in a positive direction.

 

The next guest speaker was Imperial County District Attorney Gilbert Otero. Mr. Otero stated that he was honored to be able to speak at the banquet and share what a good friend Mike Johnson had become to him. He spoke of how Mike helped change the thinking of the District Attorney’s Office and showed that programs like Turning Point, New Creations, and I.V. Ministries “do work” and can help people to change their lives and remove themselves from the judicial system. He stated that Mike had called him about two weeks before he passed to say that he wasn’t doing very well and how encouraging he was by Mike’s positive thinking.  He was amazed that Mike was comforting him instead of the other way around.  He also stated that Mike knew what he was doing when he put Norm Chandler in his place to continue what he had started.

 

Norm Chandler, then spoke of what an inspiration Mike was to him in his life. Norm stated that he could not fill Mike’s shoes, but that he has dedicated his life to Turning Point and to the visions of Mike Johnson. Norm is the Director of Turning Point Ministry as well as the Pastor of Turning Point Life Center since the passing of Mike Johnson, and his focus is on continuing the good works of both to see that Mike’s legacy continues.

 

EL CENTRO, Calif. – May 4, 2011 – ECRMC has announced the promotion of Alex Wells to Chief Finance Officer, filling the vacancy left with the retirement of Kathy Farmer. Cristina Valdes has been promoted to replace Wells as Controller.
Wells, has held the position of interim Chief Finance Officer since Farmer’s retirement in December 2010. Prior to that term he held the position of Controller, a position maintained since joining ECRMC in 2007. Previous to his position at ECRMC Wells most recently spent eight years locally as a Controller/Chief Financial Officer in the agriculture industry.
“Alex has the experience that we need in a CFO,” said David Green, CEO of ECRMC. “We knew it would be hard to find someone to fill Kathy’s shoes, and we are pleased that we had the talent and skill within our staff to do so.”
A native of Holtville, Wells is a graduate of Claremont McKenna College, earning two bachelor’s degrees. He spent several years in the Los Angeles office of Deloitte & Touche, LLP as a member of the Trade & Retail Group of the Business Auditing and Consulting Services division.
“I’m excited to take on this new role,” said Wells. “ECRMC provides a critical service to the community I have called home for most of my life. I look forward to the providing the guidance necessary to maintain financial stability in the organization as we continue to provide the highest level of health care in the Imperial Valley.”
About ECRMC
El Centro Regional Medical Center (ECRMC) is a licensed 165-bed general acute care facility located in El Centro, Calif. ECRMC is committed to providing the community with high quality healthcare as reflected in its mission statement: “To Provide Healthcare Excellence For The Imperial Valley.”
ECRMC is moving forward with the planning and development of the hospital expansion project that will replace the older portion of the hospital. In addition, the hospital is developing a new facility to meet the needs of the Imperial Valley and provide an advanced healthcare facility and service.
ECRMC has recently announced a collaboration with the Oncology and Hematology Center of Imperial Valley to create the El Centro Regional Medical Center Oncology and Hematology Center. Maintaining its commitment to medical technology advancement, the hospital has invested in the da Vinci Si HD Surgical System. The surgery system allows for safe and less intrusive procedures in various surgical fields, including urology, cardiology, obstetrics/gynecology and more.
Effective August 2010, ECRMC partnered with TeamHealth, one of the nation’s leading healthcare staffing organizations, to provide high quality emergency department management and staffing, elevating the hospital’s ER department.
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CALEXICO, Calif.— U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Calexico downtown port of entry arrested a United States citizen after they discovered 91 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in the vehicle she was driving.
The incident occurred early this morning at about 1:00 a.m. when a CBP officer conducting inspections of vehicles and travelers entering the U.S. referred the driver, a 25-year-old female, for further examination after the officer noticed her suspicious behavior.
At the secondary inspection area, an intensive examination that included a canine screening of the grey Hyundai Accent led officers to the discovery of 34 wrapped packages of methamphetamine, concealed inside the quarter panels and seats.  The methamphetamine has a street value of approximately $1,001,000.
The driver, a resident of Calexico, California, was turned over to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents for further processing.
CBP seized both the vehicle and narcotic.
The interception comes on the heels of a 51 pound cocaine seizure that occurred on Wednesday also at the downtown port.

 

CALEXICO, Calif.—  Customs and Border Protection officers at the Calexico downtown port of entry arrested a mother and daughter after they found 51 pounds of cocaine in the vehicle they occupied when they entered the port.
The seizure occurred at about 10:00 a.m. when officers with the port’s Anti-Terrorism Contraband Enforcement Team (A-TCET) were screening vehicles and travelers as they waited in line for inspection and a canine alerted to a red 1997 Ford Mustang.  The driver, a 20-year-old female U.S. citizen, and her mother, a 39-year-old Mexican citizen, were escorted for further examination.
An intensive inspection of the vehicle led officers to the discovery of 22 wrapped packages of cocaine concealed inside both fenders. The estimated street value of the narcotic is $459,000.
CBP officers arrested both the driver and passenger for the alleged narcotic smuggling attempt.  The daughter and her mother were turned over to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents and transported to the Imperial County Jail where they await arraignment.
CBP seized the narcotic and vehicle.

 
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