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News Release
September 18, 2004

Armed Fugitive Arrested With Over ½ Ton Of Marijuana

On September 17, 2004 members of the DEA San Diego County Integrated Narcotic Task Force (NTF), working in cooperation with the San Diego Police Department (SDPD) Fugitive Task Force, the Carlsbad Police Department and the District Attorney’s Office culminated an investigation with the arrest of Ismael Fernandez, a fugitive wanted on 2 separate felony burglary warrants, during the execution of a search warrant at 57 Walnut Drive, Chula Vista, California. Seized at the residence was a loaded 9mm semi-automatic pistol, approximately 1500 pounds of marijuana, and approximately 1 ounce of “ice” methamphetamine. Also arrested at the residence was Lucero Verduzco-Rodriguez.

The marijuana had a local street value of approximately $450,000.00.


1. Ismael Fernandez (male)
2. Lucero Verduzco-Rodriguez (female)

Summary of Charges

1. 11359 California Health and Safety Code: Possession for Sale of Marijuana
2. 11378 California Health and Safety Code: Possession for Sale of Methamphetamine
3. 11370.1 California Health and Safety Code: Possession Methamphetamine and Firearm

Point of Contact

Special Agent Misha Piastro, PIO
DEA San Diego Field Division


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