THERMAL – The 60-400 block of Jackson Street in the unincorporated community of Thermal was the 7PM site of a search-warrant team-up. Members of the Coachella Community Action Team (CCAT), with the assistance of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team, and the Southern Coachella Valley Community Service District Team, served the warrant at a residence suspected of multiple-weapons violations.
The culmination of CCAT’s weapons-investigation produced the arrest of Miguel Torres (31) of Thermal with a bevy of violations connected to copious forms of illegal forms of firearms.
Torres was arrested for the following violations:
*Possession of multiple California Non-Compliant Rifles
* Possession of a Short-Barreled Rifle
* Manufacturing Firearms
*Possession of Multiple Non-Serialized Firearms (Commonly referred to as Ghost Guns)
*Possession of multiple High-Capacity Magazines
*Possession of a Firearm with a Threaded Barrel
In addition, during the investigation, CCAT members located twelve firearms, firearm parts, Jiggs which are used to manufacture firearms, high-capacity magazines, and a large amount of ammunition.
Torres was subsequently booked at the John Benoit Detention Center in Indio.
Sergeant Mariano Matos III urges anyone with any information regarding this multiple-firearms incident and investigation to contact Deputy Perez with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department at (760)863- 8990, or Crime Stoppers at (760)341-STOP (7867).