Restaurant Owner Arrested on Drug, Weapons Charges during ABC Inspection

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04/24/13

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

POINT OF CONTACT:  Sgt. Craig Miller 760-839-4722

Detectives with Escondido Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit arrested the owner of a local restaurant on drug and weapons charges following the discovery of methamphetamine and a loaded handgun during an ABC inspection.

Hector Martinez, 28, of Escondido faces charges of possession of methamphetamine for sale, possession of methamphetamine, possession of a firearm in the presence of narcotics and possession of a stolen firearm. He was booked into the Vista Detention Facility.  Additionally, the restaurant faces sanctions by the Alcoholic Beverage Control, up to and including revocation of its license to sell alcoholic beverages.

After discovering Martinez was on probation, the detectives, along with an ABC agent, conducted a search of an office. They discovered more than 10 grams of methamphetamine with a street value of about $1,000, a loaded handgun and more than $12,000 cash. The firearm was reported stolen out of San Jacinto, CA. 

Detectives went to the Mariscos La Botana restaurant at 167 W. Washington Avenue to conduct an IMPACT inspection. IMPACT stands for Informed Merchants Preventing Alcohol Crime Tendencies. The inspections are designed to ensure bars, restaurants and stores with licenses to sell alcohol are complying with ABC regulations and local laws, and are selling alcoholic beverages in a responsible manner.

Funding for the IMPACT inspections was provided by a grant from the California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) through the department’s Grant Assistance Program.