From the daily archives: Tuesday, February 14, 2012
SAN DIEGO— U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Otay Mesa cargo facility on Friday morning discovered 384 pounds of marijuana hidden inside of concrete barriers.
On February 10, at about 10:45 a.m., a 59-year-old male Mexican citizen drove a 1988 Kenworth tractor and trailer to the cargo port with a shipment manifested as cement articles.  The CBP officer referred the shipment to the dock for a more intensive examination.
CBP officers utilized a detector dog to screen the tractor and trailer; the canine alerted to the shipment.  Officers then drilled a hole in one of the concrete barriers and extracted a green leaf substance that field tested positive for marijuana.
CBP officers removed 77 wrapped packages of marijuana concealed inside of the concrete barriers, with a street value of more than $230,000.
The driver was arrested and transported to the Metropolitan Correctional Center.  CBP seized both the marijuana and the tractor and trailer.

(El Centro, CA) – California Public Utility Commissioner Catherine J.K. Sandoval heads a list of distinguished renewable energy experts slated to speak at the Imperial Valley Renewable Energy Summit set for March 13-15.

Registration is still open for “The Power to Renew California” Summit that will be held at the Barbara Worth Resort and Country Club in Holtville.

Additional speakers include: luncheon keynote speaker Glenda Humiston, state director of USDA Rural Development; Jan Smutny-Jones, executive director of the Independent Energy Producers Association and former chair of the governing board of the California Independent System Operator; and Mary Ingersoll, president/CEO of TeamCalifornia.

“The number and caliber speakers at the Summit this year is extraordinary,” said Tim Kelley, Imperial Valley Economic Development Corp. president/CEO. “The expertise, insight and vision they represent will provide a great opportunity to explore the progress made by the region’s maturing renewable energy industry as well as a forum to discuss the challenges that still lie ahead.”

Sandoval was appointed to the PUC on Jan. 25, 2011, by Governor Jerry Brown. She had been an associate professor at Santa Clara University School of Law since 2004. Previously, she served as undersecretary and senior policy advisor for housing with the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency.

Other confirmed Summit speakers include: Imperial Irrigation District General Manager Kevin Kelley; Robert Ramaekers, vice president for development of Tenaska; IID Board of Directors President John Pierre Menvielle; Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies Executive Director V. John White; and David E. Pearson, dean of San Diego State University – Imperial Valley Campus.

The Summit also features an expo of vendors and developers, tours of the array of renewable projects already generating energy or under construction and abundant networking opportunities.

“This is a dynamic industry and the Summit this year will focus on emerging issues and showcase the region’s importance in fulfilling California’s ambitious renewable energy goals,” said Rosa Maria Gonzales of the Imperial Irrigation District, who is chairing this year’s event.

Registration forms, sponsor information and booth registration are available at the Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation website,




SALTON CITY, Calif. – On Wednesday, U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio station seized a substantial amount of methamphetamine at the Highway 111 Border Patrol Checkpoint near Salton City.


The incident occurred around 8:40 p.m., after a Border Patrol canine team alerted to a white Nissan Sentra.  The driver was referred to secondary where agents using a large scale imaging system scanned the vehicle and observed several anomalies.  Upon further inspection, agents discovered six packages of methamphetamine inside a hidden compartment.  The illegal narcotics weighed approximately 11 pounds and have an estimated street value of $366,000.


The driver, a 21-year-old U.S. citizen male, was placed under arrest and turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration along with the vehicle and narcotics

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