SJ valley “Zero Tolerance Saturation Patrol” nets 20 arrests

SAN JACINTO VALLEY —  A “High Impact – Zero Tolerance Saturation Patrol” throughout the unincorporated county areas of Hemet and the City of San Jacinto led to the arrest of twenty people for a variety of charges Friday, Aug. 16. The operation also resulted in the seizure of narcotics and drug-related paraphernalia, and recovery of a stolen vehicle.

Other sheriff’s stations throughout Riverside County also performed “zero-tolerance” targeted enforcement operations this week, including Moreno Valley and Perris. During Perris’ operation, deputies arrested twenty-two subjects for a variety of charges and Moreno Valley’s enforcement operation yielded a mind-boggling 157 arrests over a ten-hour period. Other area sheriff’s stations also performed similar operations this past week, but have not yet provided statistics for their operations.


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Deputies from the Hemet and San Jacinto Sheriff’s Stations conducted Friday’s operation with the focus of “apprehending any and all subjects found to be in violation of any crime, Riverside Sheriff’s Sgt. James Burton reported after the successful operation. 

“The goal of the operation is that the arrest of these offenders improves the overall quality of life for the citizens of Hemet and San Jacinto,” explained Burton.

During the day-long saturation patrol, deputies arrested a total of twenty subjects for various criminal violations and outstanding warrants. 

Four people were arrested for felony violations, while sixteen others – including a juvenile – were arrested for misdemeanor violations and/or warrants. 

Additionally, one stolen vehicle was recovered and another vehicle was impounded.

Those arrested during the operation included:

  • Cerda, Rayleen (HFA 21 years), from Oceanside (Misdemeanor warrant)
  • Daniels, Jerry (WMA 56 years), from Perris (Two misdemeanor warrants)
  • Dovales, Vincent  (HMA 39 years), from Winchester (Misdemeanor warrant and vehicle impounded)
  • Heil, Dakota (WMA 27 years), from Hemet (Possession of Paraphernalia and three misdemeanor warrants)
  • Hulett, John (WMA 46 years), from Hemet (Two misdemeanor warrants)
  • Huskey, Dennis (BMA 37 years), from Hemet (Possession of drug paraphernalia)
  • Lussier, Ronald (WMA 36 years), from Lakeside (Possession of drug paraphernalia)
  • Martinez, Bobby (HMA 43 years), from Hemet (Post-Release Community Service violation and possession of burglary tools)
  • Mendoza, Francisco (HMA 36-years), from Hemet (Possession of drug paraphernalia)
  • Merrill, Ronald (WMA 64 years), from Hemet (Possession of a stolen vehicle)
  • Preciado, Daniel Jr., (HMA 41 years), from San Jacinto (Misdemeanor warrant)
  • Price, Rashawna (WFA 34 years), from Hemet (Misdemeanor warrant)
  • Rood, Holly (WFA 24 years), from Homeland (Under the influence and possession of paraphernalia)
  • Ruddock, Stephanie (WFA 33 years), from Hemet (Two misdemeanor warrants) *Cite released from station*
  • Saenz, Adam (HMA 29 years), from Hemet (Misdemeanor warrant)
  • Saenz, Richard (HMA 32 years), from San Jacinto (Misdemeanor warrant)
  • Saucedo, Alva (HMA 23 years), from Hemet (Misdemeanor warrant)
  • Soto, Kelly (HFA 50 years), from Hemet (Three misdemeanor warrants)
  • Teague, Jerrell (BMA 34 years), from Hemet (Felony warrant)
  • Black male juvenile (17 years), from San Jacinto (Felony warrant)

Booking photos provided by Riverside County Sheriff’s Department

“The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department’s goal is to keep all of our citizens safe while also improving quality of life,” said Burton. “The use of illegal drugs not only affect the individual, but also the community as illegal drug use is the root cause of many of the crimes that affect our county.”


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“The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department has a zero-tolerance policy for these offenses,” the Sgt continued.  “If you suspect drug activity in your area, please contact your local Sheriff’s Station.”

The Hemet Sheriff’s Station can be reached at (951) 791-3400 and the San Jacinto Sheriff’s Station can be reached at (951) 766-2400. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.

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Trevor Montgomery, 47, moved last year to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he currently writes for or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, the (now defunct) Valley Chronicle, Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle, and Anza Valley Outlook; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and Mountain Echo in Shasta County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 29 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 15 – but soon to be 16 – grandchildren.


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