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Posted on: November 14, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Quality of Life Operation



Sheriff Chad Bianco

Press Release:Quality of Life Operation
Station Area:Jurupa Valley Gang Task Force Region 7
Written Date:November 14, 2019Time:6:00 PM
Incident Date:November 11, 2019Time:07:00 AM
Incident Location:Jurupa Valley, Eastvale, Norco, Highgrove, and Home Gardens
Reporting Officer:Sergeant Nathan Padilla
File Number(s):Numerous


On November 11, 2019, at the direction of Sheriff Chad Bianco, members of the Riverside County Regional Gang Task Force from Region 7 out of the Jurupa Valley Patrol Station and personnel from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol, Murrieta Police Department, State Parole, and County Probation, conducted a Zero Tolerance Operation targeting individuals who were on Parole, County Probation, Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS), and those who had active arrest warrants. This operation was conducted throughout the Jurupa Valley Patrol Station jurisdiction which included Eastvale, Norco, and the unincorporated county areas of Highgrove and Home Gardens. 


The focus of the operation was to conduct compliance checks to ensure all subjects were in compliance with the terms of their release. Those found to be out of compliance or had an arrest warrant, were taken into custody. The goal of the operation was to improve the overall quality of life for the citizens of Jurupa Valley, Eastvale, Norco, Highgrove, and Home Gardens. During the course of the operation, 155 residences were visited which resulted in the arrest of 28 felony violations and 95 misdemeanors. This operation also yielded the following:

  • 12 firearms and a High-Capacity Magazine
  • An Illegal Pocket Sap & Billy-club
  • A Zip-gun
  • An Illegal Dart gun
  • Several hundred rounds of ammunition
  • Butane Honey Oil Lab
  • 129 grams of Methamphetamine
  • 137 Oxycodone Pills 
  • 3 grams of Heroin
  • 1 stolen vehicle was located 

During an inspection of one of the target residences located in the 5400 block of 34th St. in Jurupa Valley, deputies found 3 small children left alone with no supervision. Two of the small children, both under the age of 11, were left to care for a six-month-old infant. The home was in deplorable condition and smelled of animal urine and feces. Child Protective Services was summoned and took custody of the small children. The parents were not located. 

Russel Powell

Additionally, an arrest of interest was made in the unincorporated county area of Home Gardens. Deputies arrested 47-year-old Russel Powell, a resident of Home Gardens for being a convicted felon in possession of several firearms. Powell was also found to be in possession of fake C.I.A. credentials along with methamphetamine and heroin. Powell was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center for numerous crimes, however the Federal Bureau of Investigations will be filing federal charges against Powell. 

Anyone with additional information regarding this arrest is encouraged to contact Sergeant Nathan Padilla from the Region 7 Riverside County Regional Gang Task Force at (951) 955-2734.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department’s goal is to keep all of our citizens safe while also improving quality of life. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department has a zero-tolerance policy for these offenses.

The Region 7 Gang Task Force is one of five teams composing the Riverside County Gang Task Force, which is a collaborative effort of 25 law enforcement agencies with the goal of combating criminal street gangs throughout Riverside County.

 You may also provide information anonymously through the Riverside County Gang Task Force website using the Gang Activity Form.

The Riverside County Sheriff's Department is seeking applicants for Deputy Sheriff, Deputy Sheriff Trainee, Correctional Deputy, Sheriff's 911 Communications Officer, and other employment opportunities such as clerical and support positions.  If you are interested in a career with us, please apply at or call 1-888-Join-RSD

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