Four people were arrested Monday during an FBI-led investigation in Palm Springs, but no details of the probe were immediately released.
Tylor Britten Murray, 27, was taken into federal custody and scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in Riverside Monday afternoon, according to FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller.
Specifics regarding his alleged criminal activity were not immediately provided, though he was arrested earlier this year during a search that allegedly yielded a cache of guns, various drugs and $150,000 in cash near Sky Valley, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
It was unclear whether his arrest Monday was connected to that case.
Three other people were taken into custody during the Monday operation in Palm Springs “based on probable cause,” Eimiller said. Their names were not provided, though Eimiller said they are expected to face criminal charges locally, not at the federal level.
Palm Springs police were sent to the 1000 block of Deepak Road to serve a search warrant at about 4:40 a.m., according to the city’s online call log website. A police official confirmed city police officers assisted the FBI in a unspecified operation within city limits Monday morning, but deferred to the FBI for additional information.
A Riverside County sheriff’s spokeswoman confirmed personnel with the sheriff’s Gang Task Force assisted the FBI in a search warrant execution in the 1000 block of Deepak Road, but also deferred to the FBI for details on the probe.
Murray was initially arrested Feb. 3 along with Robert Lorenzo Lee Ramos, 24, during a law enforcement operation that targeted homes in the 19000 block of Ford Avenue and the 18000 block of Ford Avenue near Sky Valley.
During the search, 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, he said.
Both men were charged in Riverside County Superior Court and have pleaded not guilty.
Murray posted $2 million bond in the case. He is charged with 13 felony counts, including four counts each of possessing a firearm despite being prohibited due to a prior firearm-related misdemeanor conviction and possessing a silencer, along with three counts of willful child cruelty and sentence-enhancing allegations of allegedly committing the crimes while on bail in several separate cases.
Meanwhile, Ramos was indicted in April in federal court on one count each of possessing a controlled substance — cocaine — with the intent to distribute, possessing firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and possessing firearms and ammunition in affecting interstate of foreign commerce.
The Riverside County District Attorney’s Office previously told City News Service that charges against Ramos were dismissed so that the U.S. Attorney’s Office could prosecute him at the federal level.
Murray, who does not have any documented felony convictions in Riverside County, has two unresolved felony cases involving various charges, including vehicle theft, possessing controlled substances while armed and carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle.
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