RIVERSIDE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
Sheriff Chad Bianco
|Press Release:||Search Warrant / Weapons Arrest |
|Written Date:||December 23, 2021 ||Time:||3:00 P.M.|
|Incident Date:||December 23, 2021 ||Time:||7:00 A.M.|
|Incident Location:||91-700 block of Avenue 66, Mecca |
|Reporting Officer:||Sergeant Mariano Matos III|
On December 23, 2021, at 7:00 A.M., the Coachella Community Action Team (CCAT), with the assistance of the Southern Coachella Valley Community Service District Team, served a search warrant at a residence located in the 91-700 block of Avenue 66 in the unincorporated community of Mecca. The search warrant stemmed from a weapons investigation CCAT was conducting. During the search of the residence, a non-serialized California non-compliant rifle, a non-serialized handgun, extended magazines, and ammunition, were located and seized. A 17-year-old male was arrested for minor in possession of ammunition, minor in possession of a firearm, and possession of an unregistered firearm. The minor was booked at the Indio Juvenile Hall. Also arrested was Alonso Espinoza, a 24-year-old resident of Mecca, for possession of a non-serialized California non-compliant rifle, possession of an unregistered firearm, and committing a felony while out on bail. Espinoza was booked at the John Benoit Detention Center.
Anyone with any information regarding this incident is urged to contact Deputy Molina with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department at (760)863-8990, or Crime Stoppers at (760)341-STOP (7867).
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