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Police Raid Montebello Mayor’s Home, Suspected of Drug Dealing


Suspect Ruben Guerrero via the Facebook page of his wife, Montebello Mayor Christina Cortez (right)

Suspect Ruben Guerrero (left)  and his wife, Montebello Mayor Christina Cortez (right). Photo via Facebook


UPDATED: 4:33 p.m.  A longtime friend who did not want to be publicly identified told HMG-CN:  “I’ve known him (Guerrero) for a long time. They’re are both good people who support Youth Sports, and who support our kids who dont’ have any money to pay to play sports…this kinda horse s*** p***** me off.”

UPDATE at 2:50 p.m.:  A court appearance date has not been scheduled for Guerrero.  

Guerrero is still being held at the East Los Angeles Sheriff’s Substation and is expected to be transferred to a Downtown facility.

 It is also being reported by other media sources that Guerrero has had brushes with law enforcement in the past.  In November 1999, he was convicted of driving under the influence. 

Booking details show Guerrero listed at 5’09, and weighing 190 pounds. No official comment has been released by the City of Montebello regarding the arrest.

UPDATE at 12:50 p.m.:  HMG-CN has placed several calls to the cell phone of Montebello Mayor Cortez to get a comment on this situation.  We will have more updates throughout the day.

Hews Media Group-Community News has received a tip from a very credible source that the home of Montebello Mayor Christina Cortez is being raided by police who suspect that drugs have been sold out of the home. Channel 2 is reporting that Cortez’ husband was handcuffed and taken away for dealing Methamphetamine.

HMG-CN will be updating the story whenever possible.

Update from Sheriff’s dept.:

At 7:10AM on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, in furtherance to a narcotics investigation, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s detectives served search warrants at two homes in the City of Montebello. One was at the 1500 block of Los Angeles Ave. and the other was on the 1600 block of Los Angeles Ave.

44-year old Suspect Ruben Guerrero was arrested as he left his home in the 1500 block of Los Angeles Ave. in Montebello. He was booked at East Los Angeles Sheriff’s Station for Sales of Methamphetamine (11378 California Health & Safety Code), Sales of Narcotics Near a School (11353.6 California Health & Safety Code). His bail is set at $60,000.

No one else at the locations where the search warrants were served has been implicated in the sales of narcotics.

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  • FLFF says:

    Seems like where there is SMOKE there is FIRE too!

  • Jason Hererra says:

    Take a look at how Pico Rivera’s David Armenta makes his living. The guy hasn’t worked a day since he’s been on the City Council. This dude is extorting half the businesses in the city.

  • Victor says:

    After state legislature passed AB11 which cut the pay checks of local politians from couple of thousands to couple hundred dollars a month . Next thing you know the local council members started to look for diffrent way of supplementing their lost city income. Look at City of Bell’s corruption and high council members salary came right after AB 11 was passed.
    No excuse but an honest paycheck makes more honest politians!!!
    No am not one.Lol

    • gilman says:

      Victor, with all due respect that is nonsense. We should be electing people who understand and believe in giving back, you know public service.

      Many entering politics believe it is a “profession” and want to reap large profits.

      I want folks who have demonstrated their success in some other profession – maybe as an engineer, or teacher, or successful business owner or accountant, to use that knowledge to bring new insights into the public arena to make our government more efficient.

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  • Brue Barrows Cerritos' Jobless Mayor On Public Doll for DECADES! says:

    Look at the formerly high-and-mighty City of Cerritos, the LA Times called it a “Snooty enclave” but the truth was/is they were scamming Tax Payers through an elaborate ‘Re-Development’ scheme. Now they are going BANKRUPT- At the top? BRUCE BARROWS: He hasn’t had a legitimate paying job for decades, instead living off his wife’s teacher’s salary and his city ‘JOB’ bilking the Tax Payers of Cerritos so he can play BIG SHOT, travelling all over the world like a Playah – Bruce Barrows is the poster child for Lazy Corrupt City Politicians!