Felony charges were filed Tuesday against a convicted felon accused of dealing drugs in Murrieta and being in possession of a semiautomatic rifle and other weapons.

Matthew Patrick Fromer, 46, of Wildomar faces two counts each of possession of controlled substances for sale and being a felon in possession of a loaded firearm and one count of being in possession of a gun while selling a controlled substance, with sentence-enhancing allegation of committing a crime while on bail.

The defendant pleaded not guilty, and Riverside County Superior Court Judge Kelly Hansen scheduled a felony settlement conference for May 7 at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta.

According to Murrieta police Lt. Ron Driscoll, the agency’s narcotics unit began investigating Fromer earlier this month for suspected narcotics activity in the city, culminating in search warrants being obtained and served at his residence on Mission Trail last Thursday.

Inside the defendant’s home, investigators seized an AR-15 rifle, a 9mm handgun, a .22 rifle and a replica pistol, along with nearly 1,500 rounds of ammunition, Driscoll said.

The investigation also led to the seizure of 22.6 grams of methamphetamine and 3.8 grams of cocaine, the sergeant alleged.

According to court records, Fromer has an unresolved case pending from last August related to a driving under the influence crash that seriously injured a person.

His prior felony convictions were not specified in court documents.

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