The Coachella Valley Violent Crime Gang Task Force on June 20 conducted a saturation patrol and probation compliance operation within the cities of Coachella and La Quinta.

The operation took place at 10 a.m.

Gang Task Force

Confiscated weapons

The operation was conducted in response to an increased number of shooting incidents that have occurred in both cities over the past several weeks, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

Assisting with the operation were Gang Task Force Regions 3, 4, 6 and 7, East P.A.C.T., Coachella Community Action Team, La Quinta Special Enforcement Team, Southern Coachella Valley Community Services District Team, and Riverside County Sheriff K-9 Team.

Gang Task ForceIt is the second time in a month that enforcement efforts in La Quinta netted multiple arrests. In a proactive effort to reduce crime in the area, officers assigned to the La Quinta Police Department’s Special Enforcement Team, conducted extra patrol and enforcement within the La Quinta Cove between May 21 and May 31, 2019.   During the enforcement program, officers issued 23 citations and arrest and booked 22 people at the Riverside County Jail in Indio for criminal activity.

During the June 20 operation the following subjects were arrested:

  • Eric Estrada, 28 of Coachella for Violation of PRCS.
  • Anita Cardenas, 32 of Coachella for Violation of PRCS.
  • Luis Morin, 62 of Coachella for Violation of Probation.
  • Charles Ochsner, 43 of Indio for Possession of a Concealed Dirk or Dagger, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Hunter Averett, 32 of Coachella for Violation of PRCS, Possession of Methamphetamine.
  • Corey Scheeff, 28 of La Quinta for Possession of Methamphetamine.
  • Juan Mata, 24 of Indio for Outstanding Traffic Arrest Warrant.
  • Alexis Valadez, 24 of Coachella for Violation of Parole, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • James Garcia, 40 of Indio for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Lucina Cecena, 39 of Indio for Possession of Methamphetamine.
  • Chris Boccia, 21 of Thermal for Possession of Methamphetamine.
  • Victor Estrada, 29 of Coachella for Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Jose Alamo, 22 of Coachella for Burglary.
  • Miguel Lopez, 25 of Coachella for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Margarito Serena, 64 of Indio for Possession of Heroin.
  • Ryan Montague, 27 of Thousand Palms for Outstanding Vehicle Theft Arrest Warrant.
  • Jose Becerra, 53 of Coachella for Possession of Narcotics for Sale, Multiple Firearm Charges.

The Coachella Valley Violent Crime Gang Task Force is committed to creating safe and secure neighborhoods free of violent crime and gang activity. If you have any information about this crime, please contact Coachella Valley Violent Crime Gang Task Force member Officer James at (760) 836-1600.

If you have non-emergency information regarding gang activity, please use the online Gang Task Force Tip Form by clicking here or call 951-922-7601.

Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form by clicking here.

 

Image Sources

  • Confiscated Weapons: RSO
  • Arrested: RSO
  • Riverside County Sheriff: Riverside County Sheriff