RIVERSIDE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
Sheriff Chad Bianco
|Press Release:||Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm and Drugs for Sale|
|Station Area:||Riverside County Regional Gang Task Force|
|Written Date:||12/21/21||Time:||9:00 AM|
|Incident Date:||12/18/21||Time:||1:30 PM|
|Incident Location:||400 Block of East Theodore Street, Banning|
|Reporting Officer:||Sgt. Adam Heard|
On Saturday, December 18th, 2021, at 1:30 PM, Region 2 Gang Task Force Officers contacted George Hernandez as he exited his vehicle in the 400 Block of East Theodore Street in the city of Banning. Hernandez had an active misdemeanor warrant for drug possession and was detained.
A search warrant was authored and granted for Hernandez’s vehicle after a firearm was observed on the front driver’s seat. Upon searching the vehicle, Task Force Officers found 1/2 pound of methamphetamine, 30.3 grams of heroin, 25 Hydrocodone pills, 15 suspected fentanyl “M30” pills, and a loaded black semi-automatic handgun.
Hernandez is a convicted felon and is prohibited from possessing any firearms or ammunition. Hernandez was booked into the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility for the following charges:
- Felon in possession of a firearm
- Felon in possession of ammunition
- Possession of a Firearm with Narcotics
- Possession of Methamphetamine for Sales
- Possession of Opiates for Sales
The Riverside County Gang Task Force is a collaborative effort of several law enforcement agencies with the goal of combating criminal street gangs. The San Gorgonio Special Operations Regional Gang Task Force is one of six teams which compose the Riverside County Regional Gang Task Force. The San Gorgonio Special Operations Gang Task Force is staffed with members from the Banning Police Department, Beaumont Police Department and Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
Anyone with information related to this case is encouraged to contact Detective Aidan Christopherson with the Riverside County Regional Gang Task force by calling (951) 766-2553.
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