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Press Release: Gang-Related Search Warrants and Arrests

RIVERSIDE, CA – On Wednesday, April 25, 2018, at about 5:00 a.m., members of the 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 and 7 Regional Gang Task Force teams, along with assistance from members of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department’s Jurupa Valley Station Detective Bureau, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Special Enforcement Bureau, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Specialized Enforcement Division, Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Riverside Auto Theft Interdiction Detail (RAID), Moreno Valley Special Enforcement Team, Murrieta Police Department Special Enforcement Team, Murrieta Police Department’s Probation and Compliance Team, East (PACT) Team, and Riverside County Gang Impact Team (GIT), served several gang-related search warrants throughout Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. The search warrants were authored and prepared as a result of an extensive investigation conducted by the Jurupa Valley Station Detective Bureau into a shooting that occurred in the City of Norco on March 12, 2018.

Several firearms, ammunition and items of gang indicia were seized during the service of these warrants. Additionally, three suspects involved in the shooting were arrested and identified as 36-year-old Moreno Valley resident Francisco Paredes, 33-year-old Corona resident Michael Varela, and 28-year-old Colton resident Daniel Florez. Paredes, Varela and Florez were also identified as being active participants of a criminal street gang and were arrested for attempted murder and gang enhancements. All three were later booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center and are being held on $1 million bail.

Anyone with additional information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Investigator Martinez of the Jurupa Valley Station at (951) 955-2658 or Deputy Gonzalez from the Region 4 Regional Gang Task Force at (951) 461-6344.

The Gang Task Force is composed of seven teams throughout Riverside County, which is a collaborative effort of 25 law enforcement agencies with the goal of combating criminal street gangs, and is composed of members from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol, United States Border Patrol, Probation and Parole.


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