Gang Task Force Recovers Illegally Possessed Firearms During Search Warrant


Reporting Deputy: Sergeant Paul Heredia

File # GE232280001


On Wednesday, August 16, 2023, at 7:00 a.m., the Coachella Valley Violent Crime Gang Task Force, with the assistance of Riverside County Gang Task Force Region 2 and Riverside County Sheriff’s Office Aviation Unit, served a search warrant at a residence located in the 66000 block of Desert View Avenue in Desert Hot Springs. The search warrant stemmed from an ongoing investigation involving illegally possessed firearms. Gang Task Force Officers recovered six 9mm semi-auto handguns, eight .45 caliber semi-auto handguns, one .40 caliber semi-auto handgun, two .38 caliber semi-auto handguns, one 10mm semi-auto handgun, one .22 caliber semi-auto handgun, and one .556 semi-auto AR-15 rifle. They arrested Ramon Higuera Jr., 26, of Desert Hot Springs, for distributing firearms to a Felon, possessing an unregistered handgun, and transferring firearms without a Federal Firearms License (FFL). Higuera Jr. was booked at John Benoit Detention Center in Indio.

The Coachella Valley Violent Crime Gang Task Force is committed to creating safe, secure neighborhoods free of violent crime and gang activity. If you have any information about this crime, please contact CVVCGTF member Officer Coddington 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.

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

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