Felon in Possession of a Firearm / Search Warrant – September 26, 2020


On Saturday, September 26, 2020, at 2:21 A.M., the Moreno Valley Station’s Special Enforcement Team, served a search warrant at a residence in the 15000 block of Pepper Court, in the city of Moreno Valley. The search warrant stemmed from a traffic stop where Ricardo Cortez, a 26-year-old resident of Moreno Valley, and convicted felon was found in possession of a semi-automatic handgun with an altered serial number and narcotics. Ricardo Cortez was taken into custody without incident.

A search warrant was served at Ricardo Cortez’s residence, and deputies located a second semi-automatic handgun with an altered serial number, a .22-caliber bolt action rifle, a 12-gauge sawed off shotgun, approximately 1,000 rounds of various calibers of ammunition, and narcotics. Ricardo Cortez was charged with Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Felon in Possession of Ammunition, and Under the Influence of Narcotics while Armed. Ricardo Cortez was booked at the Robert Presley Detention Center.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Deputy Jeff Andrews at (951) 486-6700.

For media inquiries regarding this incident please contact the Media Information Bureau.

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