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A convicted felon with multiple warrants out for his arrest was behind bars Thursday for allegedly being in possession of a gun and fentanyl in Desert Hot Springs.

Christopher Nicholas Arana, 29, of Indio, was arrested Wednesday night and booked into the John J. Benoit Detention Center on suspicion of possessing controlled substances and a gun, and failure to appear in court while on bail, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

He was being held without bail.

According to authorities, the Coachella Valley Violent Crime Gang Task Force searched a residence Wednesday night in the 66000 block of Fourth Street in Desert Hot Springs, where officers allegedly found fentanyl pills, cash, ammunition and a loaded 9mm semi-auto handgun in Arana’s possession.

Court records indicate that Arana had two warrants out for his arrest after failing to appear in court on April 20 for two different cases with firearm- and controlled substance-related felony charges. He had another warrant issued on May 3 when he failed to appear in court for a felony charge of violating his post-release community supervision.

According to court records, Arana was previously convicted for firearm-related charges in 2020 and for threats to injure in 2012. He was also convicted on four occasions for violating his parole.

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