Four Thermal residents were arrested Thursday during a search warrant execution that allegedly yielded several guns, a large stash of drugs and a stolen vehicle.
Malcom Morreo and Maria Muniz, both 38, Jose Alba, 33 and Christe Valdivia, 34, were taken into custody about 6 a.m. Thursday when deputies raided two homes in Thermal, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
Sgt. Mariano Matos III said the warrant spanned two locations — the 69-600 block of Filmore Street and 66-900 block of Martinez Road.
Sheriff’s deputes were looking into a “firearm brandishing investigation” in which additional information was not provided.
Between the two locations, authorities reported seizing roughly 9 1/2 pounds of cannabis and an unspecified quantity of methamphetamine. Three handguns and one rifle were also discovered, Matos said.
Morreo was booked on suspicion of brandishing a firearm, violating his probation and for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
Muniz, who is a documented gang member, was booked on suspicion of witness intimidation, possessing a stolen vehicle and other offenses.
Alba was booked on suspicion of possessing marijuana for sale, possessing an unregistered firearm and for possessing a stolen vehicle.
Valdivia was booked on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine and in connection to an open felony weapons possession warrant.
Their criminal histories were not immediately clear.
Anyone with any information regarding this incident was urged to contact Corporal Quezada at 760-863-8990.
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