A documented gang member and another man arrested during the execution of a pair of search warrants that yielded a cache of guns, various drugs and more than $150,000 in cash near Sky Valley were behind bars Thursday.
Robert Lorenzo Ramos, 24, and Tyler Britten Murray, 26, both of Desert Hot Springs, were taken into custody Wednesday during a law enforcement operation that targeted two homes in the 19000 block of Ford Avenue and the 18000 block of Ford Avenue at about 5 a.m., according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
Both Ramos and Murray were booked at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning on suspicion of possessing narcotics for sale and possessing narcotics while armed. Murray was additionally booked on suspicion of illegally manufacturing firearms, possession of prohibited firearms, child endangerment and other alleged crimes.
Ramos, who is on parole, remains behind bars without bail, while Murray is being held in lieu of $1 million bail.
Sheriff’s deputies allegedly discovered 46 firearms that did not belong to the suspects, “including multiple firearms that had altered serial numbers or were illegally manufactured and absent of serial numbers,” according to sheriff’s Sgt. Paul Heredia. Some of the weapons were previously reported stolen, Heredia said.
Deputies also collected more than two ounces of methamphetamine, about an ounce of cocaine, several grams of psychedelic mushrooms, several hundred Xanax bills and “several thousand miscellaneous pills,” Heredia said.
Ramos has a previous felony conviction for assault with a gun.
Murray, who does not have any documented felony cases in Riverside County, has two unresolved felony cases spanning various charges including vehicle theft, possessing controlled substances while armed and carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle.