RIVERSIDE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
Sheriff Chad Bianco
|Press Release:||Firearms and Narcotics Arrest|
|Written Date:||May 28, 2021||Time:||4:00 PM|
|Incident Date:||May 28, 2021||Time:||1:00 PM|
|Incident Location:||200 Block of South Yale Street, City of Hemet|
|Reporting Officer:||Sergeant Ian Baily- Region 3 Gang Task Force|
On Friday May 28, 2021 at 1:00 PM, Region 3 Gang Task Force Officers received information from Region 2 Gang Task Force members (Banning/ Beaumont) that a gang member was possibly in possession of illegal contraband. Region 3 Task Force Officers responded to an apartment complex in the 200 Block of South Yale Street, in the City of Hemet. Task Force Officers contacted George Gonzalez, who was determined to be an active Criminal Street Gang Member, on Post Release Community Supervision for possession of a Firearm and Narcotics. A probation compliance search of the apartment was conducted and a fully loaded, .40 Caliber Handgun was found. Also located was approximately ½ pound of Methamphetamine, other items indicative of drug sales and body armor. Gonzalez is a convicted felon and prohibited from possessing a firearm and body armor. Gonzalez was arrested on multiple weapons and narcotics related charges, later transported to Riverside County Jail.
The Hemet/San Jacinto Valley Gang Task Force has been in existence since April 2006. The Law Enforcement Agencies within “The Valley” have been working together since this time on a daily basis. The Hemet/San Jacinto Gang Task Force is comprised of members from the Hemet Police Department, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, and the California Highway Patrol. The Hemet/San Jacinto Valley Gang Task Force operates in the Cities of Hemet, San Jacinto, and the unincorporated areas of Hemet. The law enforcement leadership within the valley meets regularly and coordinates the Hemet/San Jacinto Valley Gang Task Force activities. Since the formation of the task force, leadership has recognized the importance of working together to provide the highest level of service for the citizens within the Hemet/San Jacinto Valley.
The Hemet/San Jacinto Valley Gang Task Force is one of six teams comprising the entire Riverside County Regional Gang Task Force, which is a collaborative effort of various law enforcement agencies with the goal of combating criminal street gangs.
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