Seven Arrested on Marijuana Possession, Firearms Charges

Seven adults have been arrested in connection with search warrants in Nuevo and Canyon Lake regarding marijuana cultivation and sales and illegal possession of firearms, the Riverside County Sheriff's Department announced today.

On May 7, members of the Perris Station's Special Enforcement team served a search warrant at a residence in the 21000 block of Elton Lane in Nuevo. During the investigation, evidence of marijuana cultivation and sales (approximately 100 pounds of processed marijuana) and several firearms were located, resulting in the arrest of the following individuals:

-- Angel Rios, 38, of Moreno Valley was arrested for possession of marijuana for sales, cultivation, conspiracy, possession of firearm in commission of a felony, and resisting a peace officer.
-- Larry Bowen, 42, of Moreno Valley was arrested for possession of marijuana for sales, cultivation, conspiracy, possession of firearm in commission of a felony, and violation of probation.
-- Jose Soto, 34, of Perris was arrested for possession of marijuana for sales, cultivation, conspiracy, and possession of firearm in commission of a felony.
-- Andres Lopez-Esparza, 55, of Santa Ana was arrested for possession of marijuana for sales, cultivation, conspiracy, and possession of firearm in commission of a felony.
-- Ludivina Mendoza, 49, of Nuevo was arrested for possession of marijuana for sales, cultivation, conspiracy, and possession of firearm in commission of a felony.
-- Efrain Ortiz, 49, of Nuevo was arrested for possession of marijuana for sales, cultivation, conspiracy, and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Additional follow-up investigation led to deputies to author and serve an additional search warrant for an address in the 22700 block of Cascade Drive in Canyon Lake today. As a result of the search warrant, deputies recovered additional evidence and arrested an additional adult male:

-- Travis Campbell, 31, of Canyon Lake was arrested for possession of marijuana for sales, cultivation, conspiracy, and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

All those arrested were booked at the Southwest Detention Center.




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