Perris City Council Member Arrested on Meth Charges

Perris City Council Member Julio Rodriguez was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of drug use, along with possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.

Police said they responded to a reported theft at the Red Lion Inn early Tuesday morning. Rodriguez, who had placed the call, immediately aroused the suspicions of officers by displaying “symptoms consistent with being under the influence of a controlled substance." After searching his hotel room, police found a small amount of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. 

Rodriguez was released from jail Wednesday but has offered no public comment. While fellow council members have said Rodriguez deserves his day in court, they were quick to lament the recent events.

“It’s like somebody set a bomb off, and they kind of blew themselves up, but there’s some collateral damage to the community,” said Council Member Mark Yarbrough. “To what extent, I don’t know. The city has suffered. The community has suffered.”

Council Member Rita Rogers said she hopes Rodriguez will “get the help that he needs.”

The council will consider censuring Rodriguez. If convicted of a felony, he would lose his seat on the city council.

Rodriguez is the youngest member on the dais. He was elected to his first term in November of 2012.

Read more about Rodriguez’s arrest here.