Homeland traffic stop leads to arrest & search warrant – Meth, weapons, body armor & more seized
HOMELAND, Calif., — Authorities say a Homeland traffic stop led to the seizure of 11 grams of methamphetamine and arrest of a local resident Wednesday evening, Sept. 1.
The stop also led to a search warrant at the man’s residence that resulted in the discovery and seizure of a loaded short-barreled rifle, multiple loaded high-capacity magazines, a plate carrier and body armor, two ballistic helmets, a canister of CS gas, ammunition, brass knuckles, and items indicative of narcotics sales.
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Online jail records indicate that at around 5:50 p.m., deputies assigned to the Perris Sheriff’s Station conducted a traffic enforcement stop on a vehicle in the area of Palomar Road in Homeland.
During the traffic stop, deputies discovered the driver, Richard Avalos, 45, of Homeland, was in possession of approximately 11 grams of methamphetamine, according to Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant Jose Ayala; who said Avalos was taken into custody without incident.
Richard Avalos, 45, of Homeland, was arrested after a traffic stop uncovered around 11 grams of methamphetamine. A subsequent search warrant at his Homeland residence uncovered a loaded short-barreled rifle, multiple loaded high-capacity magazines, a plate carrier, body armor, two ballistic helmets, a canister of CS gas, ammunition, brass knuckles, and items indicative of narcotics sales. RSO photos
Based on their findings, at around 8:45 p.m. patrol deputies, with assistance from Task Force Officers from the Riverside County Regional Gang Task Force Region 6 Perris/lake Elsinore, served a search warrant at a residence in the 31000 block of Robertson Street, in the unincorporated area of Riverside County known as Homeland.
During the service of that warrant, officials located a loaded short-barreled rifle, multiple loaded high-capacity magazines, a plate carrier, body armor, two ballistic helmets, a canister of CS gas, ammunition, brass knuckles, and items indicative of narcotics sales.
Avalos was later booked into the Cois Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a firearm, being a felon in possession of a short-barreled rifle, being a felon in possession of ammunition, possession of narcotics for sales, and possession of brass knuckles.
Anyone with further information about this investigation or Avalos’ alleged criminal activities is encouraged to contact Deputy Brett Pendleton at (951) 210-1000. Callers can refer to incident file number PC212440080 and can remain anonymous.
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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.
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