COACHELLA — Two 16-year-old juveniles were arrested on Wednesday, Jan. 15 when the Coachella Valley Violent Crime Gang Task Force conducted a traffic enforcement stop in the area of Caesar Chavez and Fourth Street in this community.

The first juvenile was charged with possession of stolen property and minor in possession of stolen handgun.  The second juvenile was charged with possession of methamphetamine.  Both juveniles were transported to Juvenile Hall in Indio and booked.


Guns and methamphetamine confiscated during traffic stoop

At 2:30 p.m., during the traffic stop, Gang Task Force Officers conducted a search of the vehicle and located a loaded Glock 9mm handgun and a loaded Glock .40 caliber handgun.  Further investigation revealed the Glock 9mm handgun to be stolen.  Additionally, Gang Task Force Officers located approximately 6.0 grams of methamphetamine inside the vehicle.

Earlier this month, rifles and thousands of rounds of ammunition were seized during a search warrant at a Coachella residence on Jan. 7, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

The Coachella Valley Violent Crime Gang Task Force with the assistance of Riverside County Sheriff’s Department SWAT, served a firearms related search warrant in the 53000 block of Calle Bonita in Coachella.  During the service of the search warrant Gang Task Force Officers seized six rifles, one revolver handgun, approximately 10,000 rounds of ammunition including armor piercing rounds, two sets of body armor, approximately 50 thirty-round AR-15 magazines, and a milling drill used in the production of rifles.

The incident remains under investigation.

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 Davidson at (760) 836-1600. If you have non-emergency information regarding gang activity, please use it online Gang Task Force Tip Form by calling 951-922-7601


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