U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Calexico East commercial facility Thursday halted an attempt to smuggle 220 pounds of marijuana hidden within the wooden pallets of a shipment of soft drinks.

Sacramento, California - Brawley resident Ramon Castro was honored today by Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia as the 56th Assembly District’s “2015 Veteran of the Year.”  The Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran traveled to Sacramento with his family to attend the Veterans Recognition Luncheon with Garcia held at the Sacramento Convention Center.

Sacramento, California - At the request of the California State Assembly Select Committee on Renewable Energy Development and Restoration of the Salton Sea, Kevin E. Kelley, general manager of the Imperial Irrigation District, served as a panelist during Tuesday’s assembly committee hearing “Achieving a Low-Carbon Reliable Grid and the Role of the Salton Sea” where he spoke about pertinent renewable energy issues in the context of the declining sea.

Andrade, California - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Andrade port of entry yesterday arrested a man after discovering 16 pounds of methamphetamine concealed in the passenger seats of his vehicle.

Sacramento, California - Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia held his first of two select committee hearings today in the State Capitol with the Assembly Select Committee on Renewable Energy Development and Restoration of the Salton Sea. During the hearing the committee reviewed the Salton Sea’s geothermal resource in the context of the state’s renewable energy and climate goals.

San Diego, California - United States Attorney Laura E. Duffy announced the unsealing of a 30-count indictment today against four defendants for a conspiracy to unlawfully enrich themselves with millions of dollars by submitting fraudulent claims to Medicare for tests allegedly performed at the El Centro Medical Clinic in El Centro, California (“El Centro Clinic” or “Clinic”). The announcement was made in conjunction with a nationwide Medicare Fraud Takedown executed around the country.

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