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Posted on: July 9, 2022

[ARCHIVED] One Person Arrested for Manufacturing “Ghost Guns”

Riverside County Sheriff's Department Press Release

Reporting Deputy: Sergeant Daniel Chico

File # I221820089


Steven Kent Cheek

On July 1, 2022, at about 4:15 PM, deputies from the San Jacinto station responded to a report of brandishing a firearm near the intersection of State Street and Idyllwild Drive in the city of San Jacinto. The investigation identified Steven Kent Cheek, a 68-year-old resident of San Jacinto, as the suspect. Cheek was found in possession of a “ghost gun” firearm and ammunition. Cheek was arrested and booked at the Larry Smith Correctional Facility. Upon further investigation, deputies learned Cheek was manufacturing “ghost guns” at his residence and a search warrant was obtained.

On July 7, 2022, about 5:37 PM, the San Jacinto Special Enforcement Team (SET) executed the search warrant at Cheek’s residence. Several firearms, to include “ghost guns,” gun parts, ammunition, and a non-compliant rifle, were located and seized. There was evidence Cheek was manufacturing illegal firearms at his residence. Additional charges will be filed against Cheek.

This is an on-going investigation, and no other information will be released at this time. If anyone has information regarding this investigation, they are encouraged to contact Deputy Cantlope at the San Jacinto Station at 951-654-2702.

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