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Posted on: June 24, 2021

Search Warrant / Weapons Arrest

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RIVERSIDE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT

Sheriff Chad Bianco

Press Release:Search Warrant / Weapons Arrest
Station Area:Thermal
Written Date:June 24, 2021Time:10:30 AM
Incident Date:June 24, 2021Time:6:00 AM
Incident Location:69-600 block of Filmore Street, Thermal / 66-900 block of Martinez Road, Thermal
Reporting Officer:Sergeant Mariano Matos III
File Number(s):C211630027


Details:

On June 24, 2021 at 6:00 A.M, members of the Southern Coachella Valley Community Service District Team (SCVCSDT) and the Coachella Community Action Team (CCAT) with the assistance of the La Quinta Special Enforcement Team (SET) served a search warrant at two residences in the 69-600 block of Filmore Street, Thermal and the 66-900 block of Martinez Road, Thermal. The search warrant stemmed from a firearm brandishing investigation.

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During the service of the search warrant, firearms, ammunition, approximately 9.45 pounds of processed cannabis, methamphetamine, and narcotic sales indicia were located. A stolen vehicle was also recovered at one of the locations. Malcom Morreo, 38 of Thermal, was arrested for brandishing a firearm, convicted felon in possession of a firearm, and violation of felony probation. Documented criminal street gang member Maria Muniz, 38 of Thermal, was arrested for witness intimidation, convicted felon in possession of a firearm, convicted felon in possession of ammunition, possession of an unregistered firearm, possession of marijuana for sale, and possession of a stolen vehicle. Jose Alba, 33 of Thermal, was arrested for possession of marijuana for sale, possession of an unregistered firearm, and possession of a stolen vehicle. Christe Valdivia, 34 of Thermal, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, and a felony weapons possession warrant. All four subjects were booked at the John Benoit Detention Center in the city of Indio.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is urged to contact Corporal Quezada with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department at (760)863-8990, or Crime Stoppers at (760)341-STOP (7867).

For media inquiries regarding this incident please contact the Media Information Bureau.

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Malcom Morreo
Maria Muniz
Jose Alba
Christe Valdivia

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