Coachella Valley Violent Crime Gang Task Force conducted an occupied vehicle check

PALM SPRINGS — Gang Task Force Officers arrested Doroteo Castro, 45 of Indio without incident at 9:15 a.m. on Oct. 7.

The Coachella Valley Violent Crime Gang Task Force (CVVCGTF) with the assistance of Riverside County Probation, conducted an occupied vehicle check at Louis Avenue and Tea Garden Street in the unincorporated area of Palm Springs.

Gang Task Force Nets Arrest in Palm SpringsDuring the vehicle check they contacted the occupant of the vehicle who was seated in the driver seat,   Castro was found to be on active county probation.  During a probation compliance check of Castro’s vehicle, CVVCGTF located a loaded .40 caliber semi-auto handgun and approximately one pound of suspected methamphetamine.  Also located was suspected heroin and evidence of narcotics sales.

At 3:30 p.m. CVVCGTF served a search warrant at Castro’s residence located in the 82000 block of Crest Avenue in the city of Indio.  During the service of the search warrant officers located a .22 caliber rifle, ammunition, an expandable baton, suspected heroin and suspected cocaine.

Gang Task Force Nets Arrest in Palm SpringsCastro was charged with felon in possession of a firearm, felon in possession of ammunition, possession of narcotics with a firearm, possession of narcotics for sales and violation of probation.  Additionally, Castro was found to have an active felony arrest warrant for narcotics sales.

Gang Task Force Nets Arrest in Palm Springs

Doroteo-Castro

Castro was subsequently booked at the John Benoit Detention Center in Indio.

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 CVVCGTF member Officer Henson at (760) 836-1600. If you have non-emergency information regarding gang activity, please use the Gang Task Force Tip Form or call 951-922-7601.

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