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Posted on: November 2, 2022

Vehicle Enforcement Stop Leads to Weapons Arrests

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Riverside County Sheriff's Department Press Release

Reporting Deputy: Sergeant Mariano Matos III

File # Y223050039

Details:

Handguns

On November 1, 2022, at 3:30 PM, members of the Coachella Community Action Team (CCAT) were actively patrolling the city of Coachella when they conducted a traffic enforcement stop on Cesar Chavez Street and Avenue 50. During the traffic enforcement stop, CCAT deputies located three firearms and extended magazines inside the vehicle after a search. One of the firearms had an illegal modification, which made it fully automatic and one of the firearms was a non-serialized handgun.

Arrested and booked at the John Benoit Detention Center, were documented criminal street gang members Rafael Gudino Casillas, an 18-year-old resident of Coachella, Julian Martinez, an 18-year-old resident of Coachella, and Juan Hernandez, an 18-year-old resident of Coachella, for possession of a non-serialized firearm, possession of a loaded firearm, possession of a loaded firearm and not the registered owner, and possession of high-capacity magazines. Also arrested was a male juvenile documented criminal street gang member for possession of a non-serialized firearm, possession of a loaded firearm, possession of a loaded firearm and not the registered owner, juvenile in possession of a firearm, juvenile in possession of ammunition, possession of high-capacity magazines, and possession of a California non-compliant firearm. The male juvenile was booked at Juvenile Hall in the city of Indio.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is urged to contact Deputy Molina or Deputy Piscatella of the Thermal Station 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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