PERRIS (AP) — A Perris city councilman is facing five methamphetamine-related charges after he summoned police to a hotel to report a stolen iPad.
The Riverside County District Attorney’s Office charged 28-year-old Julio Cesar Rodriguez on Thursday with three felonies, including possession of methamphetamine.READ MORE: Federal Court Strikes Down Judge’s Order To Provide Housing To All Skid Row Homeless
He was also charged with two misdemeanors, including being under the influence of meth.
The councilman called police to a hotel in June to report his city-issued iPad had been stolen.READ MORE: Smokey Southland Skies Caused By Wildfires Burning In Northern And Central California Spur Air Quality Concerns
Investigators determined that Rodriguez was under the influence of meth and three glass smoking pipes were located in the motel room.
Investigators say the theft report stemmed from a dispute between Rodriguez and two men involving meth and store merchandise.
Rodriguez’s attorney told the Riverside Press-Enterprise he thought the case involved a small amount of drugs.MORE NEWS: Father Memorializes Son, Who Died In 2019 Conception Boat Fire, Along Last 500 Miles Of 2,600 Mile Hike
(© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)