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Posted on: May 28, 2022

Firearms and Narcotics Seized During Two Search Warrants

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Riverside County Sheriff's Department Press Release

Reporting Officer: Sergeant S. Dyer– Murrieta / Temecula Regional Gang Task Force

File # GS221160001

Details:

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During the month of April 2022, a Deputy from the Murrieta / Temecula Regional Gang Task Force began a weapons and narcotic sales investigation believed to be related to a residence and a public storage locker in Murrieta.

On April 26, 2022, the team served a search warrant at an unoccupied storage locker in the 24900 block of Whitewood Road. An AK-47 assault style rifle, large capacity magazines, and ammunition were recovered from the storage unit.

On May 20, 2022, the gang team with assistance from the Murrieta Police Department’s Special Enforcement Team (SET) and the Community Policing Team (CPT) served a second related search warrant at a residence in the 40000 block of Pearl Drive. A short barrel rifle, high-capacity magazine, over a half pound of Fentanyl, over one thousand M-30 Pills, several ounces of combined heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, along with ammunition, and gun parts were seized.

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36-year-old Richard Murphy and 34-year-old Lisa Wehus were arrested at the location and eventually booked into Cois Byrd Detention Center on a variety of weapon and narcotic charges.

If have any information related to this investigation you can contact Region 4 Gang Task Force Deputy T. Tully at 951-461-6344 or if you have information related to gang or illegal weapon related activity in your neighborhood, you can contact Sergeant S. Dyer at the Murrieta-Temecula Regional Gang Task Force at 951-461-6363.

You may also provide information anonymously through the Riverside County Gang Task Force online TipForm. The Riverside County Gang Task Force is a collaborative effort of several law enforcement agencies with the goal of combating criminal street gangs. The Murrieta-Temecula Regional Gang Task Force is one of 6 teams which compose the Riverside County Regional Gang Task Force which is a collaborative effort of multiple law enforcement agencies with the goal of combating criminal street gangs.

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


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