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Posted on: January 3, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Possession of Methamphetamin / Heroin for Sales



Sheriff Chad Bianco

Press Release:Possession of Methamphetamin / Heroin for Sales
Station Area:Lake Elsinore
Written Date:January 3, 2020Time:2:30 PM
Incident Date:January 2, 2020Time:12:30 PM
Incident Location:City of Lake Elsinore
Reporting Officer:Sergeant Glenn Warrington
File Number(s):L200030003


Paul Puga

On Thursday, January 02, 2020, Lake Elsinore Station Patrol Deputies responded to a call for service within the city of Lake Elsinore, reference a domestic disturbance.  The Problem Oriented Policing Team assisted the patrol deputies with the investigation.

During the investigation, it was determined the suspect, Paul Puga, was involved in the illicit sales of narcotics and controlled substances.  A search warrant was written for the residence of Paul Puga who resides in the 100 block of Kellogg Street, in the city of Lake Elsinore. 

Deputies from the Lake Elsinore Stations Problem Oriented Policing Team served the search warrant at the Kellogg Street residence, about 00:30 A.M.  During the search warrant deputies located and recovered over 10 pounds of Methamphetamine along with over a 1 pound of Heroin.  The estimated street value for the Methamphetamine is over $180,000.00 dollars and the street value estimation for the Herion is over $33,000.00.  Paul Puga was also found to be in possession of a large amount U.S. Currency, which was also seized.  


Paul Puga , 49 years old, a resident of Lake Elsinore, was arrested for possession with the intent to distribute Methamphetamine and Heroin.  He was transported and booked into Cois Byrd Detention Center without further incident.


This is an ongoing investigation, and anyone with further information is asked to contact Deputies Chambers or McCracken at (951) 245-3300. 


As a reminder, "Community Policing" involves partnerships between law enforcement and community members.  Business owners and residents are encouraged to report criminal activity directly to law enforcement by calling Sheriff's Dispatch at (951) 776-1099, or by calling 911 if the matter is an emergency.

Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff's CrimeTips online form.

The Riverside County Sheriff's Department is seeking applicants for Deputy Sheriff, Deputy Sheriff Trainee, Correctional Deputy, Sheriff's 911 Communications Officer, and other employment opportunities such as clerical and support positions.  If you are interested in a career with us, please apply at or call 1-888-Join-RSD

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