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Posted on: March 28, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Firearm and Narcotics Arrest



Sheriff Chad Bianco

Press Release:Firearm and Narcotics Arrest
Station Area:Hemet
Written Date:March 20, 2021Time:9:26 PM
Incident Date:March 19, 2021Time:9:46 PM
Incident Location:1700 West Devonshire Avenue, Hemet
Reporting Officer:Sergeant Ian Baily- Region 3 Gang Task Force
File Number(s):21-2064

Ricardo Baez


On Friday March 19, 2021, at approximately 9:46pm, Gang Task Force Officers were patrolling the area of 1700 West Devonshire Avenue in the city of Hemet, when they conducted a traffic enforcement stop on a vehicle for multiple vehicle code violations. Task Force Officers contacted the driver, Ricardo Baez, who was found to be driving with a suspended driver’s license. An inventory search of the vehicle was conducted and a fully loaded, unregistered 9mm P80 “ghost gun” was found. Also located was approximately 6 ounces of methamphetamine and other items indicative of drug sales. Baez is a convicted felon and prohibited from possessing a firearm. Baez was arrested on multiple weapons and narcotics charges and later transported to the local Jail.

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, 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 six 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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