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SBSD - Colorado River Sheriffs Department
Wednesday June 29th, 2022 :: 04:38 p.m. PDT

Advisory

Deputies Arrest New Mexico Residents as a Result of Traffic Stop on Interstate 40

DATE/TIME: June 29, 2022, at approximately 3:12 a.m.

INCIDENT: PC 496(a) - Receiving Known Stolen Property, VC 4463(A)(1) - Forge/Alter Vehicle Reg/Etc., HS 11352(A )- Transporting/Sell Narcotics/Controlled Substance 

LOCATION: Interstate 40, just east of J Street 

SUSPECT(S): Erik Garcia, 39-Year-Old Resident of Albuquerque, NM
                        Julia Ortiz, 42-Year-Old Resident of Albuquerque, NM


SUMMARY: On Wednesday, June 29, 2022, at approximately 3:12 a.m., deputies from the Colorado River Station / Needles Police Department contacted Erik Garcia and Julia Ortiz, during a traffic stop on Interstate 40 just east of J Street. The vehicle displayed a temporary license plate that did not match the vehicle the subjects were driving. A check of the vehicle's identification number indicated the vehicle was reported stolen out of Albuquerque, NM. 

As a result of the investigation, Erik Garcia was arrested for PC 496(a)- Receiving Known Stolen Property and VC 4463(A)(1)-Forge/Alter Vehicle Registration/Etc. Garcia was transported to the Colorado River Station jail for booking and remains in the custody of the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department with a $25,000.00 bail, awaiting a court hearing.

Julia Ortiz was arrested for HS 11352(A) - Transporting/Sell Narcotics/Controlled Substance and VC 4463(A)(1) - Forge/Alter Vehicle Registration/Etc. Ortiz was transported to the Colorado River Station jail for booking and remains in the custody of the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department with a bail amount of $50,000.00, awaiting a court hearing.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Deputy A. Gonzalez of the Colorado River Station/Needles Police Department at (760) 326-9200. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to contact the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78CRIME (27463), or may leave information on line at the We-Tip website, www.wetip.com.

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Refer: Deputy A. Gonzalez

Station: Colorado River Station / Needles Police Department

Phone No. 760-326-9200

Case No. 212200609

SHANNON D. DICUS, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

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SBSD - Colorado River Sheriffs Department
1111 Bailey Ave
Needles, CA 92363

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