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Posted on: June 3, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Traffic Enforcement Stop Leads to Fentanyl Sales Arrest


Riverside County Sheriff's Department Press Release

Reporting Deputy: Sergeant Sean Liebrand

File # TE221530121



On June 2, 2022, members of the Southwest Sheriff’s Station’s Special Enforcement Team (SET) conducted a traffic enforcement stop at the 28000 block of Jefferson Avenue in the city of Temecula. The passenger immediately exited the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot. The passenger was detained without incident and during a pat-down search, SET located suspected narcotics and paraphernalia. The suspect was arrested, placed in the backseat of a unit, and SET contacted the driver. A records check revealed the driver had a suspended license and was detained in the backseat of a unit. Incident to arrest, SET conducted a search of the vehicle and located a large amount of suspected fentanyl, methamphetamine, paraphernalia, digital scales, and a replica handgun indicative of the sales of narcotics. Lisa Marie Wehus, a 33-year-old resident of Temecula, and Richard Dennis Murphy Jr., a 36-year-old resident of Temecula, were both booked into the Cois Byrd Detention Center for possession of a narcotic for sale, transportation of a narcotic for sale, possession of paraphernalia, sale of a dangerous drug, possession of a dirk or dagger, and committing a felony while out on bail.

Anyone with additional information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Deputy Bickley at the Southwest Sheriff’s Station at 951-696-3000. As a reminder, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department wants to remind citizens of the dangers of illicit narcotics many of which may contain fentanyl. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 100 times stronger than morphine and can cause death or serious bodily harm.

Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff's CrimeTips online form.

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

Richard Dennis Murphy Jr.
Lisa Marie Wehus

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