On January 13, 2021, at 5:00 A.M., deputies assigned to the Coachella Community Action Team (CCAT), with the assistance of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), served a search warrant at a residence in the 5100 block of La Ponderosa in the city of Coachella. The search warrant stemmed from a negligent discharge of a firearm investigation from New Year’s Eve. During the search warrant service, a short-barreled AR-15 rifle was located and seized. Alejandro Cota, 18 of Coachella, was arrested for possession of a prohibited weapon and possession of a short-barreled rifle. Cota was booked at the John Benoit Detention Center in the city of Indio.
Anyone with any information regarding this incident is urged to contact Deputy Ruiz with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department at (760)863-8990, or Crime Stoppers at (760)341-STOP (7867).
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