San Jacinto valley GTF enforcement activities yield multiple arrests

HEMET, Calif. — Gang Task Force personnel working in the San Jacinto Valley earlier this month announced yesterday the arrests of three felons for a variety of weapons and drug-related charges.

All three arrests were the result of traffic stops and other enforcement activities that ultimately led to the seizure of several firearms, including four handguns – one of which was reported as stolen, a California prohibited rifle, and ammunition. Officials also seized approximately 340 grams of cocaine, approximately six ounces of methamphetamine, and two pounds of processed cannabis.

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The first arrest occurred in the unincorporated community of Winchester, in the area of Winchester and Garbani roads on Tuesday, March 16, Region 3 Gang Task Force Sergeant Ian Baily has since said of the three arrests.

At around 4:45 p.m. Gang Task Force officers conducted a traffic enforcement stop on a black SUV that was driving at a high rate of speed.

Stanley Camarena was arrested after Gang Task Force officers discovered he was in possession of a handgun. They also seized approximately 340 grams of cocaine, two pounds of processed cannabis, and ammunition. RSO photos

Task Force officers contacted the driver, Stanley Carlos Camarena, 27, who was found to be on formal probation out of San Bernardino County and was driving with a suspended driver’s license.

Officers conducted a probation search of the vehicle and located a fully loaded, 9mm 80% “ghost gun”, according to Bailey.

Officers also located and seized approximately 340 grams of cocaine, two pounds of processed cannabis, multiple rounds of miscellaneous ammunition, and other items indicative of drug sales, according to the Sergeant.

Camarena was arrested on multiple weapons and narcotics-related charges and later booked into the Cois Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta.

Phelan Fleming II was arrested after Gang Task Force officers found he was in possession of a fully loaded, 9MM handgun with an extended high-capacity magazine. During a later search at Fleming’s home, officers discovered an additional loaded handgun that had been reported stolen, a California prohibited rifle, and ammunition. RSO photo

The second incident and arrest happened the following night on Wednesday evening, March 17, after a traffic stop and subsequent parole search at a felon’s home uncovered several firearms.

At around 6:45 p.m., Gang Task Force personnel conducted an occupied vehicle check in the 200 block of North Elk Street, in the city of Hemet. Officers contacted Phelan Bardo Fleming II, a parolee and documented criminal street gang member.

During a parole search of the vehicle, Task Force officers located a fully loaded, 9MM handgun with an extended high-capacity magazine, according to Baily; who said officers then followed-up by conducting a parole search at Fleming’s residence.

That search uncovered an additional loaded handgun that had been reported stolen, a California prohibited rifle, and ammunition, according to Bailey; who explained that as a felon on parole, Fleming is prohibited from owning or possessing any firearms or ammunition.

Task Force members arrested Fleming and he was then booked into custody for multiple weapons-related offenses, possession of stolen property, and violation of parole, according to Bailey.

Ricardo Baez was arrested after Gang Task Force officers found he was in possession of an unregistered 9MM “ghost gun.” Officers also located approximately six ounces of methamphetamine, which was all packaged and ready for sales.

The third incident happened in the area of 1700 West Devonshire Avenue in Hemet at around 9:45 p.m. the following evening, Friday March 19, when Gang Task Force officers conducted a traffic enforcement stop on a vehicle for multiple vehicle code violations, according to Bailey.

Officers contacted the driver, 45-year-old, Ricardo Baez, a parolee who was found to be driving with a suspended driver’s license.

A subsequent search of Baez’s vehicle was conducted at which time officers located a loaded, unregistered, 9mm P80 “ghost gun.”

As a convicted felon, Baez is prohibited from owning or possessing any firearms or ammunition, explained Bailey; who said officers also located approximately six ounces of methamphetamine and other items indicative of drug sales.

Baez was arrested on multiple weapons and narcotics charges and later booked into the Cois Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta.

Online jail records indicate all three men have since been released from custody.



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Trevor Montgomery, 49, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS).

Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County-based newspapers Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; the Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County; and Mountain Echo in Shasta County. He is also a regular contributor to Thin Blue Line TV and Law Enforcement News Network and has had his stories featured on news stations throughout the Southern California and North State regions.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 30 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 18 grandchildren.

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