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Moreno Valley Station

Posted on: January 5, 2023

Proactive Policing Leads to Illegal Substance and Weapons Violation Arrest

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Riverside County Sheriff's Department Press Release

Reporting Deputy: Sergeant Christopher Varela

File # MV230040339


Angel Lopez-Ruiz

On Wednesday, January 4, 2023 at 7:00 P.M. Deputies from the Moreno Valley Station Special Enforcement Team- Gang Unit, were conducting proactive patrol in the 2400 Block of Atwood Avenue, Moreno Valley. They conducted a traffic enforcement stop on a Toyota Camry and contacted the driver and passenger. The passenger was currently on CDC Parole. A search of the vehicle, pursuant to CDC Parole search terms, was conducted. Inside the vehicle, deputies located a loaded firearm and 26 grams of methamphetamine. During the investigation it was determined the driver, Angel Lopez-Ruiz, a 22 year old Hispanic male adult and resident of Moreno Valley, was the possessor of the controlled substance and firearm. He was taken into custody and booked at Robert Presley Detention Center for controlled substance and weapons possession violations.

The Moreno Valley Sheriff’s Station Special Enforcement Team - Gang Unit is committed to creating safe and secure neighborhoods free of violent crime and gang activity. If you have any information related to gang or illegal activity in your neighborhood, you can contact Sgt. Varela at the Moreno Valley Station at (951) 486-6700.

This investigation is ongoing and anyone with information related to this case in encouraged to contact Deputy K. Mahoney at the Moreno Valley Sheriff’s Station at (951) 486-6700.

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


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