April 26, 2018

Gang sweep in Riverside, San Bernardino counties nets three arrests, seizures of guns and ammo

A multi-agency gang task force swept through Riverside and San Bernardino counties Wednesday, making three arrests and seizing guns, ammunition and gang material that, in one picture, included a leather Mongols Motorcycle Club vest.

The search warrants were served throughout the area — Moreno Valley residents said a sheriff’s helicopter was hovering in the pre-dawn hours, and patrol-car sirens could be heard as well.

The action stemmed from an investigation by sheriff’s detectives in the Jurupa Valley Station into a March 12, 2018 shooting in Norco, a news release from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said.
Guns and ammunition were among the items seized, along with a
Some of the items seized in the warrant sweep. (Courtesy of Riverside County Sheriff)
A multi-agency anti-gang task force swept through Riverside and San Bernardino counties Wednesday, April 25, 2018. There were three arrests and seizures of guns, ammunition and gang-related items. (Courtesy Riverside County Sheriff)
A multi-agency anti-gang task force swept through Riverside and San Bernardino counties Wednesday, April 25, 2018. There were three arrests and seizures of guns, ammunition and gang-related items. (Courtesy Riverside County Sheriff)

The release did not detail what happened in that shooting. Two of the men arrested are under investigation for attempted murder. Taken into custody were Francisco Paredes, 36, of Moreno Valley; Michael Varela, 33, of Corona; and Daniel Florez, 28, of Colton. Each was being held on $1 million bail at the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside.

Paredes and Florez were each arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit a felony, gang membership, and attempted murder, jail records show. Paredes additionally is under investigation for shooting at an inhabited building.

Varela’s jail information did not include investigating charges on Wednesday afternoon.´The sheriff’s department described the three men as “active participants of a criminal street gang,” but declined to name the gang.

Agencies involved in the sweep included Regional Gang Task Force Teams, San Bernardino and Riverside county sheriff’s specialized teams, agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and enforcement teams from the Moreno Valley and Murrieta stations.
The Gang Task Force is made up of seven teams throughout the county, and is a collaboration of 25 law enforcement agencies.


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