Illegal Firearm and Controlled Substance Arrest


On September 18, 2021, at 11:53 PM while on proactive patrol, the Moreno Valley Sheriff’s Station Special Enforcement Team/Gang Unit saw Julio Barrera-Villa sitting in a parked vehicle at Sunnymead Boulevard and Heacock Street in Moreno Valley. Deputies know Barrera-Villa is on Post Release Community Release and subject to search. During a search of his vehicle deputies located two grams of methamphetamine and an empty rifle magazine. Deputies took Barrera-Villa into custody and conducted a follow up search at his residence. During this search deputies located an unregistered rifle.

Barrera-Villa was taken into custody and booked at the Robert Presley Detention Center for multiple weapons and controlled substances violations.

The Moreno Valley Sheriff’s Station Special Enforcement Team/Gang Unit is committed to creating safe and secure neighborhoods free of violent crime and gang activity. If you have any information related to gang or illegal weapon related activity in your neighborhood, you can contact Sgt. Varela at the Moreno Valley Station at (951)486-6700.

 Julio Barrera-Villa

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact Deputy Joseph Smith at the Moreno Valley Sheriff Station – (951) 486-6700.

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

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