SJ Valley compliance sweep yields 117 arrests, 15 lbs of meth, 2 lbs of heroin, 12 firearms, explosive components

SAN JACINTO VALLEY, Calif., — A day-long multi-agency probation and parole compliance sweep conducted throughout the San Jacinto Valley and surrounding unincorporated communities on Friday, April 1st yielded big results, with the day’s efforts yielding more than 115 arrests, fifteen pounds of meth, two pounds of heroin, twelve unlawfully possessed firearms and explosives components seized.


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At the beginning of Friday’s operation, which was hosted by the San Jacinto Sheriff’s Station, members of around two dozen special teams and allied law enforcement agencies gathered together at a makeshift booking and processing center to get their orders for the day, before fanning out throughout the San Jacinto Valley, which is comprised of the cities of San Jacinto and Hemet, as well as other unincorporated communities in the area, including the Anza Valley and mountain communities of Idyllwild, Mountain Center, and Garner Valley, Sergeant Benjamin Medina later said.

During Friday’s parole and probation compliance sweep, deputies, officers, and agents from participating agencies fanned out throughout the San Jacinto Valley, conducting more than eighty compliance checks. Riverside County Sheriff’s Department photos

Participating agencies and teams included Special Enforcement Team members from Perris, Jurupa Valley, Moreno Valley, and Southwest Sheriff’s Stations, along with Gang Task Force Teams 2, 3, 4, 6, and 7, the Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit, Mounted Enforcement Detail, Marijuana Eradication Team, Special Enforcement Bureau, Traffic Teams, Central PACT, California Highway Patrol, Hemet Police Department, Cal Fire, Fish and Wildlife, SERT, Riverside County Probation Department, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Parole Division.

They were assisted by officials from the Robert Presley Detention Center, Cois Byrd Detention Facility, and John Benoit Detention Center.

The following are the results of the operation:

  • 80 parole and probation compliance checks.
  • 45 felony arrests.
  • 72 misdemeanor arrests.
  • 12 firearms.
  • Black powder, as well as additional improvised explosive device components.
  • Approximately 15 lbs. of methamphetamine.
  • Approximately 2 lbs. of heroin.
  • Indoor Marijuana grow with 671 marijuana plants.
  • 75 traffic citations.
  • 12 vehicles towed and stored.

“The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is committed to creating safe and secure neighborhoods,” Medina went on to say, adding, “Therefore, the San Jacinto and Hemet Sheriff’s Station will be conducting similar sweeps on an ongoing basis.”

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Anyone with information regarding the investigations or arrests made during the operation is encouraged to call Deputy Milburn at the San Jacinto Sheriff’s Station (951) 654-2702. Callers can remain anonymous.

Contact the writer:

Trevor Montgomery, 51, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and operates Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS). Both are stringer organizations, providing breaking news coverage and community interest stories for other mainstream media organizations throughout the two regions they serve.

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.

One comment

  • My most humble thank you to all who participated in this “round-up”. It’s efforts like yours that continue to keep our homes, and our communities safe and free of illegal and illicit drugs, that are the root cause(s) of crimes in and around Hemet, Ca. I salute you all.