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On June 23, 2021, at 7:00 AM, Riverside County Regional Gang Task Force Officers from Region 2 and Region 6, along with the Riverside County Emergency Service Team served a search warrant in the 1300 block of East Lincoln Street in the City of Banning. The search warrant was the result of an ongoing gang investigation into Southside Beaumont Gang members involved in the sales of illegal narcotics and guns. Gang Task Force Officers located a shotgun, a stolen handgun and over four-hundred ammunition rounds at the location. Additionally, Gang Task Force Officers located one pound of honey oil wax, four ounces of Psilocybin mushrooms, over one hundred vape pens containing THC, one pound of marijuana and fifty fraudulent CDC COVID-19 vaccination cards. Gang Task Force Officers also seized $7,500.00 in U.S. Currency.

Gang Task Force Officer arrested Adrian Kadri Rocha, a twenty-three-year-old resident of Banning, and Marco Kadri Valenzuela, an eighteen-year-old resident of Banning, at the location. Both Rocha and Valenzuela are convicted felons and are prohibited from possession firearms or ammunition. Rocha and Valenzuela were booked at the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility.

The Riverside County Gang Task Force is a collaborative effort of several law enforcement agencies with the goal of combating criminal street gangs. The San Gorgonio Special Operations Regional Gang Task Force is one of six teams which compose the Riverside County Regional Gang Task Force. The San Gorgonio Special Operations Gang Task Force is staffed with members from the Banning Police Department, Beaumont Police Department and Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

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