Police Cracking Down on Sale & Possession of Illegal Fireworks
The Police Departments’ top priority is protecting citizens during the holiday season. One way this is accomplished is through prevention and changing the perception of acceptance. This also incorporates prevention techniques through a “zero tolerance” policy. Those caught in possession or selling illegal fireworks will be subject to fines, citations, arrest and confiscation.
During June 7-14, 2017, members from the Perris Police Department’s Special Enforcement Team (SET) responded to several citizen complaints regarding the sale of illegal fireworks within the city limits. Officers from SET searched several online websites for fireworks listed for sale. The officers disguised as potential buyers and met with separate groups of sellers. These operations have resulted in the seizure of over 230 pounds of illegal fireworks.
Officers have arrested the following individuals in connection with the possession and sales of illegal fireworks:
Luis Morales, a 26-year-old resident of Good Hope
Ernesto Lopez, a 23-year-old resident of Homeland
Ryan Anderson, a 33-year-old resident of Riverside
Christopher Zamora, a 25-year-old & Jocelyn Diaz, 22-year-old residents of Mead Valley
Guillermo Padilla, a 27-year-old & Jennifer Magana, 33-year-old residents of Pomona
Christian Silva, a 19-year-old resident of Riverside
Octavio Guido, a 30-year-old resident of Perris
The sellers were charged criminally and/or administratively for Illegal Possession and Sale of Fireworks.
The Perris Sheriff’s Station would like to remind the public that possession and/or use of fireworks is illegal in the cities of Perris, Menifee, Canyon Lake, and unincorporated communities of Riverside County. Officers and deputies will be actively seeking violators who can be fined both criminally and/or administratively for each occurrence. Anyone with information related to the sale and/or possession of illegal fireworks is encouraged to contact the Perris Sheriff’s Station at 951-210-1000.
Press Release Provided By the Riverside Sheriffs Department