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Assault rifle, drugs seized during stolen vehicle arrest in Moreno Valley

By in Press Enterprise on October 13, 2017

By Gail Wesson

An inter-agency auto theft task force recovered a carjacked vehicle at a Moreno Valley address Wednesday, Oct. 11, and seized an assault rifle, drugs and made an arrest, according to a Riverside County Sheriff’s news release.

Investigators found the vehicle in a residential driveway in the 13000 block of Elmwood Court and during surveillance saw individuals working on the vehicle and walking to and from the garage.

Michael Diaz (Photo courtesy of Riverside County Sheriff’s Department)

With assistance from Moreno Valley deputies, they contacted Michael Diaz, 29, and arrested him on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine, possession of an assault rife, a loaded AK-47-type assault rifle and possession of a stolen vehicle, the news release stated.

The suspect has prior firearms convictions, is on post-release community supervision and was named in two Riverside County felony warrants.

He also will face carjacking charges in Tulare County.

The task force is called Riverside Auto Theft Interdiction Detail, or RAID for short, made up of personnel from the Sheriff’s Department, CHP, Riverside, Cathedral City and Murrieta police departments, Riverside County District Attorney’s Office, National Insurance Crime Bureau and the state Department of Insurance.

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