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San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

Press Release

Date/Time:     Thursday, August 28, 2014/5:05 A.M.

Incident:     Hanford couple arrested for grand theft auto and sales of narcotics.

Location:     Baseline Street X Seeley Court, City of Highland

Suspect(s):     Francis Sotelo, 45-year-old resident of Hanford, CA

                        Desiree Ortega, 34-year-old resident of Hanford, CA

Victim(s):      Confidential


On Thursday August 28, 2014, at 05:05 AM, deputies from the Highland Station spotted a stolen vehicle on Baseline Street/ Seeley Court in the City of Highland.  Deputies conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and took the driver, 45-year-old Francis Sotelo, and the passenger, 34-year-old Desiree Ortega, into custody.  During a search of the vehicle, deputies discovered narcotics, baggies, and currency consistent with narcotics sales.  


Sotelo and Ortega were arrested for grand theft auto, possession of stolen property and possession of narcotics for sale.  Both were booked at Central Detention Center in San Bernardino.

Refer:     Deputy Emanuel Popa

Station:  Highland Station

Phone No:     909-425-9793

Case No:     131403627

John McMahon, Sheriff-Coroner

San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

Sheriff’s Public Affairs Division

655 E. Third Street

San Bernardino, California 92415-0061

Telephone: (909) 387-3700

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