Cops arrest nine suspects, confiscate drugs, weapons, stolen IDs
In a series of raids last week across Riverside County, local, county, and federal law enforcement agencies executed 92 searches, arrested nine people, and confiscated a collection of weapons and guns, authorities reported.
The raids were conducted by a broad array of agencies, including the San Jacinto Police Department in conjunction with the Post-Release Accountability and Corrections Team (PACT), who conducted compliance checks on individuals who are under Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS), as well as on people who are under mandatory supervision, police said.
A total of 92 searches were conducted Dec. 7. These resulted in the arrest of nine individuals and confiscation of drugs, drug paraphernalia, four firearms, numerous other weapons, and fraudulently possessed ID cards, according to police. The operation revealed additional evidence into other investigations in which several future arrests are anticipated. Police identified the following individuals who were arrested and booked into the Riverside County jail in Banning, for suspicion of the listed charges:
• Steven Kirkwood, 20, of Hemet: suspicion of parole violation.
• Christian Alvarez, 22, of Hemet: suspicion of violation of PRCS terms.
• Gerardo Gonzalez, 27, of San Jacinto: suspicion of possession of narcotics for sale while armed with a suspected stolen firearm.
• Martin Esparza, 38, of Perris: suspicion of PRCS probation violation and possession of methamphetamine.
• Stephanie Peterson, 32, of San Jacinto: suspicion of violation of PRCD terms, possession of weapons and being in possession of an suspected incendiary device
• Gabriel Vera, 32, of Hemet: arrest warrant for suspicion of felony identity theft
• Rasheed Amad Poon, 33, of Hemet: arrest warrant for suspicion of PRCS probation violation.
• Tawny Garcia, 38, of Menifee: suspicion of unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of methamphetamine.
• George Garcia, 47, of San Jacinto: suspicion of resisting arrest, arrest warrant for suspected parole violation, possession of suspected unlawful weapons and possession of methamphetamine for sales.
The compliance teams consisted of personnel from:
• Central PACT Task Force
• Riverside County Sheriff’s Department
• Riverside County Regional Gang Task Force
• Riverside County Probation Department
• Riverside Auto Theft Interdiction Detail (RAID)
• Riverside County District Attorney Gang Intelligence Task Force
• Hemet Police Crime Suppression Unit
• San Jacinto Police Investigations Bureau
• Murrieta Police Department Special Enforcement Team
• Beaumont Police Department Multi Enforcement Team
• Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement (SAFE) Team
• California Highway Patrol
• California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation Special Services Unit
• Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)
• U.S. Border Patrol
• Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI)
• Other local and state partners
The compliance checks were conducted in the cities of Hemet and San Jacinto and the surrounding communities in the unincorporated county area.
Since the passage of AB 109, the burden of supervision responsibilities for many of the offenders released from state prison has shifted from state parole officials to the probation department, according to police.
In an effort to improve oversight and accountability for this population, Riverside County is working in collaboration with local law enforcement agencies to enforce terms of supervision and actively pursue offenders who are not compliant with their terms of release, police said in a press release. The goal is to reduce crime in local communities.
Central PACT consists of personnel from the police and sheriff’s departments of Riverside County, Hemet Police, San Jacinto Police, Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s station, Beaumont Police, Murrieta Police, and the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office.