Reporting Deputy: Sergeant Paul Heredia
File # GE232210002
On Wednesday, August 9, 2023, at 2:45 P.M. the Coachella Valley Violent Crime Gang Task Force, with the assistance of La Quinta Special Enforcement Team and Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Aviation, served a search warrant at a residence located in the 52000 block of Calle Leandro in Coachella and at a residence in the 81000 block of Avenue 46 in Indio. During the service of the search warrants Gang Task Force Officers located several illegally possessed firearms, including 7 rifles and 10 handguns. Gang Task Force Officers determined that one of the rifles was previously reported stolen. Additionally, Gang Task Force Officers located multiple gamecocks and items related to cockfighting such as gaffs, the razor-sharp steel blades used to attach to a gamecocks’ legs during a cockfight. Riverside County Animal Control subsequently responded and took possession of the gamecocks that were located during the search warrant.
Gang Task Force arrested convicted felon and documented criminal street gang member, Jorge Albert Casillas Flores, 30-year-old of Coachella for Felon in Possession of Firearms, Felon in Possession of Ammunition, Gang Member with a Firearm, Animal Cruelty, and Cockfighting. Also arrested was documented criminal street gang member, Antonio De Jesus Casillas Flores, 27-year-old of Indio for Providing Firearms to a Convicted Felon, Gang Member with a Firearm, Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Animal Cruelty, and Cockfighting. Both subjects were booked at 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 Deputy J. Chavez at (760) 836-1600. If you have non-emergency information regarding gang activity, please use our online Gang Task Force Tip Form or call 951-922-7601.
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