News Release
October 11, 2006
Contact: Special Agent Dan Simmons, PIO
San Diego Field Division
(858) 616-4166

National City Motel Raided

October 11, 2006 – Yesterday morning agents and officers from the DEA Narcotic Task Force and the National City Police Department arrested eight individuals at the Park Motel, 1420 National City Boulevard, National City. The arrests, coupled with five related arrests which occurred last week, reflect a total of thirteen arrests associated with narcotic trafficking at this location.

Assistant Special Agent in Charge William Sherman stated, “This location came to our attention through numerous neighborhood complaints. There will be no tolerance for drug activity anywhere in San Diego and its surrounding communities – motels should provide a safe environment for travelers, not a haven for traffickers.”

National City Police Captain Manuel Rodriguez noted, “The collaboration between the Narcotic Task Force and the National City Police Department continues to have a positive impact on the quality of life for the citizens of our community.”

The subjects arrested face a variety of charges ranging from drug sales to possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Several of the subjects had outstanding drug-related warrants and one individual was wanted for a drug-related parole violation. During the course of this investigation law enforcement observed ongoing drug trafficking on the property, including brazen transactions in the parking lot in view of other tenants and the rental office. Additionally, four children were placed into the custody of Child Protective Services after they were found living in squalor in a residence being utilized by one of the individuals identified as one source of supply for the motel’s residents. The home contained almost $20,000 which was seized as drug trafficking proceeds.

The investigation is being prosecuted by The District Attorney’s Office Narcotics Division.

B-roll is available