• Mecca Resident Sentenced to Over Five Years in Meth Distribution Case

    (CNS) – A Mexican national who once lived in Riverside County was sentenced Monday to 63 months in federal prison for conspiring to distribute nearly 120 pounds of methamphetamine that was dropped in the desert by an airplane that had crossed the U.S.-Mexico border. Juan Carlos Iturriaga-Centeno, 34, a one-time resident of Mecca, pleaded guilty […]

  • Alleged Vehicle Thief Arrested in Coachella Facing Grand Theft Charges

    A 34-year-old Coachella man suspected of stealing a utility truck and possessing illegal drugs was released from custody Friday. Juan Roberto Gutierrez Galvan was arrested Thursday and booked into the Benoit Detention Center in Indio on suspicion of grand theft auto, possession of controlled substances and possession of drug paraphernalia. Galvan was released on his […]

  • Border Patrol Finds Methamphetamine in Intake Manifold

    El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents working at the Highway 86 immigration checkpoint arrested a man suspected of smuggling narcotics Sunday morning. The incident occurred at approximately 7:40 a.m., when a 26-year-old man driving a white Jeep Cherokee approached the checkpoint.  Agents sent the vehicle to secondary inspection for further investigation. In secondary, a Border […]

  • Four Charged with Smuggling Drugs via Experimental Craft Near Salton Sea

    Four men accused of conspiring in an operation that involved using an ultralight aircraft to smuggle nearly 200 pounds of methamphetamine into Riverside County from Mexico are facing federal drug trafficking charges, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Monday. Victor Bugarin Perez, 28, of Mecca, Mexican nationals Juan Favela Paredez, 25, and Juan Carlos Iturriaga Centeno, […]

  • Authorities: Wanted Indio Man Arrested While Attempting to Steal From Store

    A wanted parolee sought by authorities in connection with numerous thefts at local businesses was in custody Wednesday after being caught by sheriff’s deputies while attempting to steal again, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department reported. Valentin Tienda, 27, of Indio, was located by the sheriff’s La Quinta Special Enforcement Team inside a local business while […]

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