The husband of a Montebello councilwoman who was charged with selling methamphetamine near a school pleaded guilty Thursday.
Ruben Guerrero, 44, entered his plea to one count of possession for sale of a controlled substance and admitted to the allegation that the crime took place within 1,000 feet of a school, prosecutors say.
The case was another blow to a city that has weathered recall elections, an
Guerrero was arrested Oct. 17, 2013, by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies as he was leaving his home, which he owns with Montebello Councilwoman Christina Cortez. Cortez declined to comment.
Authorities alleged Guerrero sold drugs to a detective in audio- and video-recorded transactions in a parking lot across from Montebello Intermediate School, not far from his home.
The incidents occurred three times last year between Sept. 26 and Oct. 15, prosecutors said.
After Guerrero's arrest, a search warrant was served at his home in the 1500 block of Los Angeles Avenue. Cortez, who was mayor at the time, told The Times she was home when the warrants were served.
Last November, Guerrero pleaded not guilty to three felony counts each of possessing a controlled substance for sale and the sale or transportation of a controlled substance.
But on Thursday, he agreed to plead to one of those counts. He was booked following the hearing.