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Posted on: December 23, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Search Warrant / Weapons Arrest



Sheriff Chad Bianco

Press Release:Search Warrant / Weapons Arrest 
Station Area:Thermal
Written Date:December 23, 2021 
Time:3:00 P.M.
Incident Date:December 23, 2021 
Time:7:00 A.M.
Incident Location:91-700 block of Avenue 66, Mecca 
Reporting Officer:Sergeant Mariano Matos III
File Number(s):C213570010

Alonso Espinoza
Alonso Espinoza


On December 23, 2021, at 7:00 A.M., the Coachella Community Action Team (CCAT), with the assistance of the Southern Coachella Valley Community Service District Team, served a search warrant at a residence located in the 91-700 block of Avenue 66 in the unincorporated community of Mecca.  The search warrant stemmed from a weapons investigation CCAT was conducting.  During the search of the residence, a non-serialized California non-compliant rifle, a non-serialized handgun, extended magazines, and ammunition, were located and seized.   A 17-year-old male was arrested for minor in possession of ammunition, minor in possession of a firearm, and possession of an unregistered firearm.  The minor was booked at the Indio Juvenile Hall.  Also arrested was Alonso Espinoza, a 24-year-old resident of Mecca, for possession of a non-serialized California non-compliant rifle, possession of an unregistered firearm, and committing a felony while out on bail.  Espinoza was booked at the John Benoit Detention Center.


Anyone with any information regarding this incident is urged to contact Deputy Molina 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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