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Banning Drug Bust

On August 27, about 8:00 p.m., officers assigned to the San Gorgonio Special Operations Gang Task Force were conducting proactive patrol in the area of Lincoln St. and Florida St., Banning when they observed a vehicle traveling eastbound on Lincoln St. with a tail light out.  The officers conducted an enforcement stop and upon contacting the driver, Oscar Villalvazo-Granero, 38 of Banning, found he was driving on a suspended license and had a misdemeanor warrant for his arrest. The passenger, Luis Loera, 54 of Banning, was also on active probation.

Oscar Villalvazo-Granero Luis Loera
Oscar Villalvazo-Granero Luis Loera

During the investigation, over 1.5 ounces of suspected methamphetamine packaged for sales and ammunition were located in the passenger compartment.  Villalvazo was arrested and booked into Smith Correctional Facility for possession and sales of a controlled substance.  Loera was also arrested and booked for possession of a controlled substance.

The Riverside County Regional Gang Task Force is represented by 25 local, state and federal law enforcement agencies within Riverside County.  The Riverside County Gang Task Force is committed to creating safe and secure neighborhoods free of violent crime and gang activity. This is done through a collaborative effort combining peace officers, probation officers, parole agents, federal agents, and prosecutors whose common objective is to provide targeted intelligence gathering, enforcement, investigation and vigorous prosecution of gang members engaged in criminal activity. The Riverside County Gang Task Force also collaborates with school districts, community organizations, and the District Attorney’s Project Safe Neighborhoods program in providing education, intervention and prevention support.

If you have non-emergency information regarding gang activity, but do not wish to come forward, please use our online Gang Task Force Tip Form or call 951-922-7601.  This allows you to send information anonymously to the Riverside County Gang Task Force.  Any information you provide can serve as a voice for the community and play a significant role in making your neighborhood and Riverside County a safer place to live.

If you would like more information about the Riverside County Regional Gang Task Force, please visit us online at www.riversidecountygtf.org.


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