On 111012, at approximately 0100 hours, deputies conducted a traffic stop on a Black Chevy Tahoe for a minor traffic violation in the area of Avalon Ave / SR62, Yucca Valley. The vehicle was occupied by Ruben Corona, 27, a Resident of Thousand Palms and Gabino Torres, 21, a Resident of Cathedral City, both of whom were found to be on felony probation. Deputies conducted a vehicle search and located property belonging to a person in Palm Springs. The nature of quantity of the property led deputies to believe it may be stolen. Palm Springs Police Department was contacted about the property and deputies were advised that a burglary report was taken at that residence in Palm Springs earlier in the evening.
During a continued search of the vehicle, deputies located a loaded .357 Magnum revolver, which was found to be stolen out of Riverside County. A second unloaded pistol was found nearby. Deputies also located a significant quantity of controlled substances and indicia of drug sales.
Follow up investigation led deputies to a residence in the 58000 block of Barron Drive, Yucca Valley, where additional stolen property linked to the Palm Springs burglary was found.
In total, Corona and Torres were found to be in possession of approximately 30 grams of methamphetamine, 6 grams of cocaine, 27 grams of marijuana and two firearms. Corona and Torres were taken into custody for H&S 11370.1 and booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with bail set at $50,000. Additional charges will be sought through the District Attorney’s office. Corona and Torres may face additional charges in Riverside County as well.
A significant amount of jewelry, electronics, tools and other items – with an estimated value of well over $5000 – were identified by the victim of the Palm Springs burglary and subsequently returned to their rightful owner.
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