Anza man arrested on stolen vehicle, marijuana, weapons possession charges


ANZA (CNS) – A man allegedly caught with several stolen vehicles, hundreds of pounds of marijuana and multiple guns at his Anza home was being held Wednesday in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Joel Ramos, 29, was booked into the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta on suspicion of being in possession of stolen cars, possession of marijuana for sale, being a felon in possession of firearms, possession of an explosive device and probation violations, according to Hemet police Sgt. Bob Nishida.

About 7 a.m. Tuesday, members of the Hemet-San Jacinto Valley Gang Task Force served a search warrant at Ramos’ residence in the 39600 block of Quionnes Road, near Scouts Lane, based on an investigation that indicated illicit activity at the location, the sergeant said.

Hemet police officers and Riverside County sheriff’s deputies seized “multiple firearms, ammunition, approximately 500 pounds of processed marijuana and U.S. currency,” according to Nishida.

“Additionally, two stolen vehicles were recovered as a result of the search,” he said.

Along with Ramos, task force investigators arrested 33-year-old Luis Alberto Cruz Mendoza for a misdemeanor traffic warrant. He was released a short time later after posting a $5,000 bond.

According to Nishida, Ramos has a prior conviction for possession of a stolen vehicle.

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