RIVERSIDE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT
Sheriff Chad Bianco
|Press Release:Convicted Felon in Possession of a Firearm -Menifee - Copy
|Gang Task Force
|2700 block of Encanto Drive, Menifee
|Sgt. Rudy Cortez
On Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 8:20 PM, members of the Perris-Lake Elsinore Regional Gang Task Force conducted a traffic enforcement stop for a vehicle code violation in the 27000 block of Encanto Drive in the city of Menifee. A records check of the driver, 32-year-old San Bernardino resident Lee Flaherty, revealed he was on Post-Release Community Supervision (PRCS) and a documented criminal street gang member. During a search of Flaherty’s vehicle pursuant to his search conditions, task force officers located a loaded handgun and ammunition concealed within the vehicle.
During the investigation, Flaherty became uncooperative and unresponsive. Flaherty was transported to a local hospital for medical clearance prior to booking. While at the hospital, task force officers discovered cocaine and ecstasy pills hidden on Flaherty’s person. The ecstasy pills were colored shaped and similar to kid’s Lego bricks. Task force officers determined the drugs were indicative of narcotic sales. Flaherty was booked at the Cois Bryd Detention Center and charged with the following:
Felon in possession of a loaded firearm with drugs
Felon in possession of ammunition
Possession and sales of cocaine
Possession and sales of ecstasy
Prior Prison Terms
Violation of Probation
The Perris-Lake Elsinore Regional Gang Task Force is one of five teams composing the Riverside County Regional Gang Task Force, which is a collaborative effort of several law enforcement agencies with the goal of combating criminal street gangs throughout Riverside County. Anyone with additional information regarding this arrest is encouraged to contact Deputy Andy Acosta from the Riverside County Regional Gang Task Force at (951) 210-1113.
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