Police: Perris Councilman Found With Meth, Arrested on Drug Charges

Sheriff's officials say the politician called police out to investigate a theft, but he was the only one ultimately arrested.

Julio Rodriquez
Julio Rodriquez

Perris City Councilman Julio Rodriguez has been arrested on suspicion of drug possession after he allegedly called authorities to a hotel to report a theft, according to sheriff's officials.

Rodriguez, 28, was arrested around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday after he summoned authorities to a hotel in the 500 block of Redlands Boulevard, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

However, once authorities arrived on scene and were investigating the theft, the councilman "...displayed symptoms consistent with being under the influence of a controlled substance," according to Sheriff's Sgt. Ryan Hoxmeier.

Rodriquez was arrested, and deputies searched his hotel room.

"During a subsequent search of Mr. Rodriguez' hotel room, drug paraphernalia and a small quantity of methamphetamine was located," Hoxmeier said.

Rodriguez was booked on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and being under the influence of a controlled substance. His bail was set at $5,000.

Rodriguez was elected to the Perris City Council in 2012, and he sits on the Riverside Transportation Agency Board of Directors.


– City News Service contributed to this report. 



CulverCityNative June 27, 2014 at 01:02 PM
What a looser. $5,000 bail? BS! $5M bail. He's a city official and should be held to the very highest standards. I think about 5 years jail time and 100% of your finical assets turned over to the court sounds about right. But... he'll get nothing. Crime pays.
Steve M June 27, 2014 at 03:01 PM
The stars may kiss the moon on high, the trees may kiss the butterfly, the sparkling wine may kiss the glass and you my friend can...
Ken Lewis June 27, 2014 at 04:17 PM
Wish he had smiled for his photo of fame. That way we could see how many teeth this political tweeker is already missing from using meth. This Ahole should be banned from holding any future political positions. It's no wonder Perris looks like a slum when you got speeders running the city. What a Dinko! Buzzed on speed, leaves the crap in the room and calls the cops to report a theft. He probably was so high he forgot he tooted the speed and noticed some missing thinking it got stolen and calls the cops.
trueconservative June 27, 2014 at 08:55 PM
On the Perris City Council and the Transportation Board. This guy is raking in the cash and I would suppose riding around in a car that the taxpayers pay for and he gets a car allowance on top of that and mileage reimbursement. He needs to lose his appointments and be evicted from the Perris City Council.


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