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Perris councilman calls 911, is arrested on suspicion of being on meth

Perris councilman, suspected of being high on drugs after calling 911 to report a theft, is arrested

A Perris councilman was arrested Tuesday after he called police to report a theft but appeared to authorities to be under the influence of drugs.

Julio Rodriguez, 28, called officers about 7:30 a.m. to investigate a theft at a hotel in the 500 block of Redlands Boulevard, according to the Perris Police Department.

As officers investigated the theft, they noticed Rodriguez appeared to be under the influence of drugs, so they arrested him. Officers then searched his hotel room, where they found drug paraphernalia and a small amount of methamphetamine, police said.

Rodriguez was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance, as well as possessing methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, according to the Police Department.

Rodriguez was elected to the Perris City Council in 2012. His term expires November 2016.

His bail was set at $5,000.

Police said they still plan to investigate the reported theft.

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