■ Hemet Police Department / Contributed
Two Hemet residents were arrested last week for investigation of possessing drugs, firearms, and stolen property.
On Nov.13, R.O.C.S. Detectives (Restoring Our Community Strategy) responded to a call about a parking lot near a restaurant in the 1800 block of East Florida Avenue. The call came from a business owner who reported that there was a transient encampment and that the occupants were refusing to leave. The reporting party also told dispatch that the occupants had needles with them.
R.O.C.S. Detectives located the encampment and a vehicle with two subjects inside. As the detectives approached the vehicle they noticed that the passenger was in the process of preparing narcotics for ingestion. Both subjects were detained and further investigation revealed that the driver of the vehicle was in possession of a large amount of heroin. Ultimately, the passenger was arrested and released on a promise to appear in court. The driver and owner of the vehicle, 62 year-old Stephen Washington, was arrested for for investigation of heroin for sale and his vehicle was towed.
Through their investigation, R.O.C.S. detectives learned that Stephen lived at a home in the 200 block of South Ramona Street in Hemet and they developed information which led to a search warrant for that address. The detectives served the warrant later in the day and contacted Stephen’s brother, 59 year-old David Washington. At the residence, R.O.C.S. Detectives located additional narcotics, several firearms, a large amount of cash, and evidence connecting both brothers to the sales of narcotics. David was arrested and authorities seized three firearms (one of which had been reported stolen), 15 grams of meth, 18 grams of heroin, 60 Hydrocodone pills, and $5,200 in cash.
Stephen Washington was arrested for investigation of possession of methamphetamine for sale, possession of heroin for sale, being a felon in possession of a firearm, being a felon in possession of ammunition, and possession of stolen property.
David Washington was arrested for investigation of possession of methamphetamine for sale, possession of heroin for sale, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and being a felon in possession of ammunition. Bail was set for both brothers at $25,000 each.
The Hemet Police Department’s R.O.C.S. Team is one of the special enforcement teams made possible by Measure U – a 1 percent sales tax dedicated to Public Safety. Capt. Glen Brock who oversees the Hemet Police Department’s Community Services Division said: “The Citizens of Hemet made it clear that they will not tolerate this kind of criminal behavior and our R.O.C.S. Team continues to apply pressure to criminally minded people.”