3 arrested in BPD ‘Saturation Patrol’: Operation nets fentanyl, meth, firearms

The Blythe Police Department (BPD) conducted Saturation Patrol Operations earlier this month, leading to three arrests and the discovery of drugs and firearms.

“During the second week of November, 2021, the Blythe Police Department conducted Saturation Patrol Operations on random days and times. The purpose of these random Saturation Patrol Operations is to disrupt criminal activity in the City of Blythe and to increase traffic enforcement,” stated BPD on Nov. 16. “Four firearms were taken off the streets during four separate investigations. Over 3 pounds of methamphetamine, over 30 fentanyl tablets, and over $7,000 dollars were seized during two separate investigations. Six vehicles were towed as a result of some of the traffic investigations.”

The following people were booked for the respective alleged arresting charges as part of BPD’s Saturation Patrol Operations:

• Tari Lane, 52, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine for sales and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm

• Jessica Salvatierra, 34, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and fentanyl for sales and possession of a firearm

• Nikolas Sanchez, 21, was arrested for possession of a loaded firearm

“Lastly, a juvenile (name not being released) was also arrested for possession of a firearm,” stated BPD. “Anyone with information about criminal activity or any other case is urged to contact the Blythe Police Department at (760) 922-6111 or they can give their information anonymously by calling Crime Stop at (760) 921-CARE (2273) or by E-Mail at blythepd@cityofblythe.ca.gov.”

As further noted by BPD, the area law enforcement agency plans on conducting additional random Saturation Patrol Operations in the future.

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