Montebello Mayor’s Husband Charged With Selling Meth

Ruben Guerrero is due in court today.

By City News Service

The husband of Montebello’s mayor is scheduled to be arraigned today on a half-dozen felony drug-related charges, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Mayor Christina Cortez’ husband, Ruben Guerrero, 44, is scheduled is facing three counts each of possession for sale of methamphetamine and sale or transportation of methamphetamine.

The criminal complaint alleges that the crimes occurred Sept. 26, Oct. 2 and Oct. 15.

One of the counts includes an allegation that the alleged crime on Oct 2 occurred within 1,000 feet of Montebello Intermediate School.

Guerrero was arrested Oct. 17 as he left his home and freed later that day on $60,000 bail. Prosecutors will ask that his bail be set at $120,000.

He is accused of selling methamphetamine more than once to an undercover sheriff’s detective, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

The alleged transactions were audio and video recorded by sheriff’s investigators, according to the sheriff’s department.

If convicted, Guerrero faces up to 11 years in state prison, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Cortez told the Los Angeles Times the day of her husband’s arrest that it left her “disappointed and shocked.”

“I would urge everyone and the public to let this investigation take its course. As a mother, as a daughter and as an elected official, I have supported the education of understanding the dangers of drugs. Today’s events will not change that,” the mayor said Oct. 17.

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