Councilman arrested on suspicion of drug use

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Updated: 6/25/2014 9:29 pm

PERRIS, Calif. (AP) — A Perris city councilman has been arrested after authorities say they found methamphetamine in his motel room.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise says 28-year-old Julio Rodriguez called Riverside County sheriff's deputies on Tuesday to report he'd been the victim of a theft.

Sgt. Ryan Hoxmeier says deputies arrived at the Red Lion Inn to find Rodriguez showing symptoms of drug use. They allegedly found a small amount of meth and some drug paraphernalia in the room.

Rodriguez was released from jail on Wednesday. It's not clear whether he obtained a lawyer.

Perris city spokesman Joe Vargo says the city is aware of the investigation but it would be inappropriate to comment.

Rodriguez, who had no political experience, was elected in 2012 after spending a mere $500 on his campaign.

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