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Methamphetamine Seizure

September 22, 2012

BLYTHE, Calif On Friday, September 21, 2012, about 1:00 A.M., the Blythe Narcotic Enforcement Team (BNET) conducted a drug investigation in the 300 block area of North 8th Street, located in the city of Blythe. Timothy Adam Arseo, 50, and Isabel Marie Naranjo, 51, from Blythe, were contacted at the residence.

Consent to search the residence was obtained and items indicative of methamphetamine sales were found and seized by officers. Arseo was detained pending further investigation. Naranjo was not charged with any violations.

BNET continued the investigation. About 2:30 A.M., they served a narcotic search warrant at a residence located in the 400 block of North Sola Street, located in the city of Blythe. Mario Pena Jr., 30, from Blythe, was detained at the location and subsequently arrested in connection with the sales of methamphetamine with Arseo.

As a result of these investigations, over a quarter pound of suspected methamphetamine was seized. Arseo and Pena were booked into the Blythe Jail for 11378 H&S- Possession of methamphetamine for sales and 182 PC- Conspiring to sell methamphetamine.

Persons charged with a crime are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

BNET is a multi-agency narcotic task force participated in by law enforcement agencies in the Blythe, Palo Verde Valley area. BNET's primary mission is to disrupt narcotic sales and diminish the availability of those drugs, thereby increasing public safety. Citizens are encouraged to report drug activity or information that could lead into the arrest of subjects involved with any criminal activity. Call the Colorado River Station at 760-921-7900 or the Blythe Police Department at 760-922-6111.

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