A reputed gang member was arrested today after deputies reported finding a stolen handgun and methamphetamine in his possession while serving a search warrant in Thermal.
Deputies served the warrant in the 85000 block of Middleton Road about 7 a.m. Friday, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.
On the property was Tomas Perez Jr., 33, of Thermal, a convicted felon and a documented gang member, according to sheriff's officials.
After locating Perez on the property, deputies found he had a stolen .45-caliber handgun, ammunition and what was believed to be methamphetamine, according to the department.
He was later booked at the Indio jail on suspicion of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, stolen property and methamphetamine, among other alleged crimes.
Members the Coachella Valley Violent Crime Gang Task Force took part in the operation.
He remains locked up on $25,000 bail until his scheduled arraignment Tuesday.