Task force arrests five in Beaumont in drug, identity theft investigation
By Gail Wesson
A San Gorgonio Pass task force arrested three Beaumont residents and two from Orange County after finding drugs, stolen property and evidence of an identity theft ring during a search at a Beaumont home Tuesday, Jan. 9, according to a sheriff’s news release.
The search initiated at about 2:30 p.m. was in the 600 block of Massachusetts Avenue in Beaumont.
Arrested were John Harding, 32, of Beaumont, on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine for sales; Adam Jarrod Knustmason, 23, of Beaumont, possession of a concealed weapon, and Sonny Boy Garcia, 52, of Beaumont, possession of a prohibited weapon and possession of methamphetamine.
Also arrested were two Orange County residents — Jason Chin Pagalaran, 26, on suspicion of identity theft, possession of fictitious checks, receiving stolen property, violation of probation, providing false identification to a peace officer, being a career criminal and several misdemeanor warrants, and Tommy Dellia, 37, on suspicion of methamphetamine for sales, possession of a fake identification card and a felony warrant.
No bail was set for Harding, Dellia and Garcia because they have out of county warrants pending, according to Riverside County jail records. Bail for Pagalaran was set at $40,000 and for Knustmason at $100,000. All were booked at the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility near Banning.
The investigation is in coordination with the San Gorgonio Special Operations Gang Task Force, a multi-agency team, and the Beaumont Police Department.
The task force is one of eight regional teams that make up the county’s regional gang task force, a collaboration of 25 law enforcment agencies. The Pass team has representatives of Beaumont and Banning police departments, and county sheriff and probation departments.
Anyone with information about the investigation is asked to contact the task force at 951-849-1181 or 951-769-8500.