Three arrested in Apple Valley on suspicion of drug and firearm-related violations

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A Hesperia and two Apple Valley residents were recently arrested in Apple Valley on suspicion of drug and firearm-related violations.
A Hesperia and two Apple Valley residents were recently arrested in Apple Valley on suspicion of drug and firearm-related violations.

Three High Desert residents were recently arrested in Apple Valley on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance and for firearm-related violations.

The arrests, which were made in two separate incidents, were reported Monday afternoon by the Apple Valley Sheriff’s Station.

Dual arrests

Sheriff’s officials reported that at around 3:45 p.m. Friday, Deputy Alarcon observed a vehicle failing to stop at a posted stop sign while speeding through the intersection of Serrano and Zuni roads.

The intersection is east of Rancherias Road, and north of Highway 18, area maps show.

A traffic stop was conducted, and the two occupants were identified as Vanessa Simental, 32, of Apple Valley and 26-year-old Edward Joseph Legarreta of Hesperia, sheriff’s officials said.

During a search of the vehicle, Deputy Alarcon located two loaded firearms, which resulted in the arrest of Legarreta without incident, the sheriff’s report said.

Legarreta was booked at High Desert Detention Center in Adelanto on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of ammunition by a prohibited person, and carrying a loaded firearm in public. He is currently out of custody after posting a $50,000 bond.

Simental was also arrested and booked at the HDDC on suspicion of carrying a loaded firearm in public. She is currently out of custody after posting a $25,000 bond.

The San Bernardino County Court system on Monday had no scheduled court dates set for Legaretta or Simental.

Anyone with information about the ongoing investigation is asked by the sheriff's department to contact Deputy Alarcon at the Apple Valley Sheriff’s Station at 760-240-7400 or Sheriff’s Dispatch at 760-956-5001.

Woman arrested

Sheriff’s officials reported that on Thursday, deputies were dispatched to the 19000 block of La Quinta Drive for a report of a disturbance.

Local maps do not show a La Quinta Drive in town but a La Quinta Place west of Apple Valley Road.

The reporting party told sheriff’s dispatch that a subject at the location was acting erratically and under the influence of a controlled substance.

Upon arrival, deputies made contact with the subject, later identified as McKinley, who exhibited being under the influence.

Deputy Clancy authored a search warrant for the residence, and after it was obtained, discovered several guns, an assortment of ammunition, glass pipes, and suspected methamphetamine, according to sheriff’s officials.

McKinley was arrested without incident and booked at High Desert Detention Center in Adelanto for possession of a controlled substance while armed.

She was released on bail Friday, according to sheriff’s booking records.

The San Bernardino County Court system on Monday had no scheduled court date set for McKinley.

Anyone with information about the ongoing investigation is asked by the sheriff's department to contact Deputy Delgado or Deputy Clancy at the Apple Valley Sheriff’s Station at 760- 240-7400 or Sheriff’s Dispatch at (760) 956-5001.

Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78CRIME (27463), or you may leave the information on the We-Tip website at www.wetip.com.

Daily Press reporter Rene Ray De La Cruz may be reached at 760-951-6227 or RDeLaCruz@VVDailyPress.com. Follow him on Instagram @RenegadeReporter and Twitter @DP_ReneDeLaCruz

This article originally appeared on Victorville Daily Press: Arrests made in Apple Valley on suspicion of drug and firearm-related violations

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