Firearms, drugs, nearly $11K seized during Jurupa Valley river bottom search warrant

JURUPA VALLEY, Calif., — Authorities say a convicted felon who had been living inside a recreational vehicle in the Santa Ana River bottom area near Brown and Holly streets in Jurupa Valley was arrested after deputies served a search warrant that uncovered two rifles, several hundred rounds of ammunition, three silencers, several ounces of methamphetamine, indicia of drug sales, and nearly $11,000 in cash last week.


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“Members of the Jurupa Valley Station’s Special Enforcement Team (SET) representing the city of Jurupa Valley have been conducting high visibility saturation patrol in the city of Jurupa Valley’s Santa Ana river bottom,” Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant R. Armendariz aid after the search warrant and arrest.

“The saturation patrol has been organized in direct response to an increase number of calls for service and complaints generated by citizens related to illegal discharge of weapons, off-roading, theft, trespassing, narcotics usage, vandalism, illegal food vendors and other quality of life concerns,” Armendariz continued.

JD De Haven was arrested after a search warrant uncovered two rifles, several hundred rounds of ammunition, three silencers, several ounces of methamphetamine, indicia of drug sales, and nearly $11,000 in cash last Friday. Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station photos

As part of their ongoing quality of life and river bottom enforcement efforts, on Friday afternoon, July 16, at around 6:30 p.m., members of the Jurupa Valley’s Special Enforcement Team (SET) served a search warrant at an RV that was found to be occupied by JD De Haven, a 49-year-old Jurupa Valley resident.

“During the service of the search warrant, deputies located two AR-15 rifles, one high capacity AR-15 magazine, approximately 5.5 oz of methamphetamine, 580 rounds of live 223 Cal. ammunition, three gun silencers, $10,752 U.S. currency and additional items indicative with possession for sales of narcotics,” Armendariz explained.

Based on their investigation and findings, officials arrested De Haven and he was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside on suspicion of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, possession of an illegal assault rifle (Ghost gun), possession of a high capacity magazine, possession of silencers, and possession of narcotics for sales, according to the Sergeant.

Online jail records indicate he was released two days after his arrest after posting $50,000 bail. He is scheduled to be arraigned at the Riverside Hall of Justice on Dec. 2.


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Anyone with further information about this investigation or who suspects drug activity in their area is encouraged to contact the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station’s Special Enforcement Team can at (951) 955-2600. Callers can refer to incident file number JV211970103 and can remain anonymous.

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Trevor Montgomery, 50, 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.