Three Coachella Residents Jailed on Meth Charges, One for Attempted Murder

City News Service

(CNS) – Three Coachella residents were behind bars Friday — one for allegedly shooting a man — all of them for possessing what was believed to be a pound of methamphetamine.

Attempted Homicide Arrest Narcotics
During the service of the search warrant Gang Task Force Officers located approximately 1 pound of suspected crystal methamphetamine.

Arturo Espinoza Jr., 19, Pablo Lopez Vargas, 26, and Desiree Kapri Rodriguez, 27, were arrested Thursday night on suspicion of transportation of methamphetamine for sales, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Paul Heredia.

Espinoza was also arrested on suspicion of attempted homicide. Vargas and Rodriguez were additionally arrested on suspicion of child endangerment, Heredia said. There were no details about the numbers or ages of children allegedly endangered.

Espinoza and Vargas are both documented criminal street gang members, according to the department.

Officers from the Coachella Valley Violent Crime Gang Task Force searched a residence in the 1000 block of North State Street in Hemet around 9 p.m. Thursday as part of an investigation into an attempted homicide that occurred on Monday in Coachella, in which a man was found with multiple gunshot wounds to his chest and neck, Heredia said. There was no further information about the gunshot victim.

During the search of the home, officers allegedly found one pound of suspected methamphetamine, he said.

Jail records indicate that the suspects were booked into the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning and were each being held on $50,000 bail.

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