El Centro, California The El Centro Police Department (ECPD) conducting an investigation into a stolen car questioned two men at a hotel where the car was parked. The conversation led to a search of the hotel room where a mortar round was found along with the stolen car's keys, stolen checks, and methamphetamine. They also found a modified shotgun and ammunition inside the car.
Police evacuated the area and called in the El Centro Fire Department, as well as they Imperial County Bomb Squad. The bomb squad verified the ordnance was inert as they took custody of the item for proper disposal.
The two men were arrested on charges ranging for possessing stolen property, drugs, and weapons.