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Posted on: February 23, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Firearms and Drug Sales Related Arrests



Sheriff Chad Bianco

Press Release:Firearms and Drug Sales Related Arrests
Station Area:Hemet
Written Date:February 19, 2021Time:11:00 PM
Incident Date:February 19, 2021Time:9:04 PM
Incident Location:1500 block of W. Florida Ave., Hemet
Reporting Officer:Sergeant Ian Baily – Region 3 Gang Task Force
File Number(s):21-1333


On Friday February 19, 2021 at 9:04 pm, Gang Task Force personnel conducted a vehicle check in the 1500 block of West Florida Ave., Hemet. Task Force Officers contacted Dylan Demarco and Maxine Gastelum. Demarco was found to have a Felony Arrest Warrant for a Probation violation. A search of the vehicle was conducted and a loaded .45 Caliber handgun, over 9 ounces of Methamphetamine, $1,343 in cash and other items indicative of drug sales were located. The handgun was unreported stolen out of the City of Temecula. Both Demarco and Gastelum were taken into custody for multiple weapons violations and drug sales.

The Hemet/San Jacinto Valley Gang Task Force has been in existence since April 2006. The Law Enforcement Agencies within “The Valley” have been working together since this time on a daily basis.  The Hemet/San Jacinto Gang Task Force is comprised of members from the Hemet Police Department, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Riverside County Probation Department, and the California Highway Patrol. The Hemet/San Jacinto Valley Gang Task Force operates in the Cities of Hemet, San Jacinto, and the unincorporated areas of Hemet. The law enforcement leadership within the valley meets regularly and coordinates the Hemet/San Jacinto Valley Gang Task Force activities. Since the formation of the task force, leadership has recognized the importance of working together to provide the highest level of service for the citizens within the Hemet/San Jacinto Valley.  

The Hemet/San Jacinto Valley Gang Task Force is one of five teams comprising the entire Riverside County Regional Gang Task Force, which is a collaborative effort of various law enforcement agencies with the goal of combating criminal street gangs.

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