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Barstow man held on $2.5 million bail for drug charges

Contreras allegedly had false compartment in vehicle

STAFF WRITER

SAN BERNARDINO• A Barstow man was due to appear at San Bernardino Superior Court on Thursday on suspicion of transporting drugs for sale and having a false compartment in his vehicle, according to booking records.

Luciano Contreras, 25, was arrested Tuesday afternoon by the California Highway Patrol on northbound Interstate 15 at Cleghorn Road near San Bernardino, arrest records showed.

He possibly faces felony charges of possession of controlled substances for sale, transportation of controlled substances and false compartment activity, according to arrest records.

The California Penal Code defines a false compartment as “any box, container, space or enclosure that is intended for use or designed for use to conceal, hide or otherwise prevent discovery of any controlled substance within or attached to a vehicle.”

“Hidden compartments can vary in size and complexity,” according to the FBI website. “Some are designed to hold a single handgun while others can contain hundreds of pounds of drugs.”

Contreras was booked at the Central Detention Center in Rialto in lieu of $2.5 million bail, booking records showed.

CHP could not be reached to provide additional details regarding the arrest as of 5 p.m. Thursday.

Shea Johnson may be reached at (760) 256-4126 or at SJohnson@DesertDispatch.com.


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