Felony charges are expected to be filed Tuesday against two men suspected of trafficking cocaine and marijuana throughout the Inland Empire.
Donald Alfonso Allen, 51, of Menifee, and Richard Gerod Johnson, 56, of Atlanta, Georgia, were arrested in the predawn hours Thursday following a Riverside Police Department investigation.
Both men were booked on suspicion of possession of controlled substances for sale, transportation of more than 20 pounds of marijuana for sale, illicit distribution of marijuana and conspiracy. They’re being held at the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta — with bail set at $500,000 for Allen and $1 million for Johnson.
According to Riverside police spokesman Officer Javier Cabrera, the department’s Narcotics Unit, along with personnel from a multi-agency parole compliance team, initiated an investigation into organized drug trafficking earlier this year focused on distribution of cocaine and cannabis in the region, centered in Riverside.
Ultimately, Allen and Johnson, whom investigators said is also known as “Winston Biggs,” were identified as two of the alleged perpetrators, culminating in search warrants being executed at their respective lodgings, Cabrera said.
Allen’s home in the 27000 block of Swift Street was targeted, as well as Johnson’s hotel room in the 31800 block of Casino Drive in Lake Elsinore.
“The two men were arrested and approximately 15 kilograms of cocaine, 100 pounds of marijuana and almost $200,000 in cash were found and seized,” Cabrera said.
No other details about the investigation, which is ongoing, were disclosed.
Additionally, there was no information available regarding the men’s backgrounds. Jail records did not indicate either suspect on active parole.