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Fontana Detectives Make Arrests, Seize Meth in San Jacinto and Hemet

Fontana Police Department
Fontana Police Department
Fontana narcotics detectives arrested three men and seized 50 pounds of meth Friday morning during a sting operation in San Jacinto and Hemet, a Fontana police sergeant said.

"It's an ongoing investigation, distribution of methamphetamine," Fontana Narcotics Unit Sgt. Mike Dorsey said in a phone interview Jan. 24.

"We have several people identified and arrested two in San Jacinto, and one in the Hemet area, as well as 50 pounds of meth."

Dorsey said one suspect was from San Jacinto, one was from Hemet, and the third was from Los Angeles County.

The estimated street value of 50 pounds of methamphetamine is $650,000, Dorsey said.

Mark Henley, 46, who runs his business Crime Scene Cleaners on South State Street, told Patch he came to work around 9 a.m. Friday and saw about a dozen officers dressed in civilian clothes with black police vests and Fontana PD badges.

The out-of-town officers were all using unmarked vehicles including a white Ford F150, a Toyota Sienna, and a Mustang, each equipped with red and blue lights, Henley said.

Henley approached one of the officers about 9:15 a.m. and asked what was going on, and the officer responded it was an "undercover sting going on," Henley said.

"I was at the impound yard on Esplanade and State, across from 1398 State," Henley said. "There were seven different undercover units. The officers had black vests with 'Police' on the back. . . . badges on their waist, the ones I saw said Fontana."

It looked like the officers had stopped a red Volvo sedan, and they may have stopped another car, further down by the railroad tracks, Henley said.

"It was like a traffic stop and they took one male, in his 20s, into custody and put him in back of a gold Honda with red and blue lights," Henley said.

The plain clothes officers and all their vehicles were gone by 10:05 a.m. and it looked like police had impounded the Volvo and the other stopped vehicle because officers drove them away with the other law enforcement, Henley said.

"It's kind of strange to have Fontana PD here in San Jacinto," said Henley, who's been working in the Hemet-San Jacinto area since 1992. "We have the Sheriff's Department and Fontana has their own city police department."

San Jacinto is in Riverside County and Fontana is about 40 miles away in San Bernardino County.
Libi Uremovic January 24, 2014 at 07:27 PM
'..."It's kind of strange to have Fontana PD here in San Jacinto,"...' damn right it's strange - it's unheard of...the fontana pd have a jurisdiction and that's it...they don't have the authority to go into other towns ...
Noneya Businass January 25, 2014 at 02:22 AM
Be thankful drugs are off the streets!!! NARCOTICS OFFICERS HAVE AUTHORITY TO GO WHERE THE DRUGS ARE!! Fontana narc unit received a prestigious award last year for the amount of drugs they have taken off the streets!!! GOOD FOR THEM!!! HEROES!!!
I.P. Freely January 25, 2014 at 01:19 PM
@Libi, don't comment on things you don't know...Police Officers have jurisdiction throughout the state. Narcotics officers' rarely stay within their own city because guess what....the trafficking business doesn't end at their city limits.
Jonathon Sherwood January 25, 2014 at 08:12 PM
Good. Fontana pd getting it done for hazard county. Crap is off the streets
Washy January 26, 2014 at 03:17 PM
HAHAHAHA Libi did you really go to school anywhere?
oodle January 27, 2014 at 05:26 AM
They had to come here because our stupid police couldn't catch a criminal if it were right in front of their face
Annie G. January 27, 2014 at 01:16 PM
what the.........hey oodle, first i see you in winchester calling it your town and here you are making it sound like fontana is your town. love when someone makes a profile and can't get where they live down straight. so trolly.
Aniko The Lawyer January 27, 2014 at 03:29 PM
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Annie G. January 27, 2014 at 06:57 PM
oooohh........just earthquake alley mostly-- death, aren't you like a little far from home yourself? taking notes from you, just a shadow peep on the wall, adding it in, never say i'm from a place i'm not though, like some of these guys. weird to say cops in my town, go far away, say the same type thing. thats another trolly type with MOTIVE

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