'That's me': Drug suspect points himself out to immigration services

Mar 30 2012 - 5:56pm

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FARMINGTON -- A 37-year-old man wanted by immigration services made it easy for officers to arrest him Friday.

"We saw this man (walk in) and we asked him what his name was. He pointed to his picture, not 10 feet away from him," said Davis County Sheriff's Deputy Phil Rogers.

Rogers and deputies Gary Cobia and Wade Gilmore weren't prepared for such an easy arrest.

A flier with a black-and-white photo of Gabriel Romero-Rivera was sitting next to their computer at the security entrance of 2nd District Court. At the top of it was "10-0," which means "armed and dangerous," Rogers said.

They saw the man entering the courthouse and thought he looked a bit like the photo, but were uncertain "because he was thinner," Rogers said. When they asked for his name "he pointed to the picture and said, 'That's me,' " Rogers said.

Romero-Rivera was on the court docket as Daniel Ortega, charged with second-degree felony possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute.

Romero-Rivera was booked in the Davis County Jail, under the Ortega name, and is being held without bail.

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