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Gang Task Force Allegedly Finds Marijuana, Cash During Traffic Stop

Ricardo Samano-Flores of Wildomar was arrested following the traffic stop Jan. 14 that was conducted by members of the Murrieta-Temecula Regional Gang Task Force.

Patch file photo
Patch file photo

A recent traffic stop conducted by members of the Murrieta-Temecula Regional Gang Task Force led to the arrest of a Wildomar man when more than a pound of marijuana was allegedly found in his vehicle.

Ricardo Samano-Flores, 25, was stopped on suspicion of a vehicle code violation at about 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 14, near Temecula Parkway and Anza Road in an unincorporated of Temecula, according to a news release written by Murrieta police Sgt. Don Weller.

Weller, the MTRGTF supervisor, said Samano-Flores was allegedly found to be in possession of the marijuana and an undisclosed “large amount of U.S. currency.”

“In addition, there were other items of evidentiary value located that indicated the driver was transporting and was in possession of the marijuana for sale or distribution,” Weller stated.

Samano-Flores was arrested on suspicion of transportation and possession of marijuana for sale.  

He was booked into Southwest Detention Center near Murrieta, and released later that afternoon on $20,000 bond, jail records showed.

Anyone with information related to this investigation was asked to contact Sgt. Weller by phone at 951-461-6318. Information may also be provided anonymously through “We Tip” by calling 1-800-78-CRIME.

Editor’s Note: The outcome of these allegations, as well as the facts, may change as the case progresses through the legal system. Not all details of each investigation are made public. All items are alleged to have occurred. There should be no assumption of guilt.

TemeKoala January 21, 2014 at 08:39 PM
Every time. Every time there is a drug bust the person is named by name, their waist size, car make and model, hat size, and social security number are all released to the public. Well here is news for AOL, oops I mean The Patch (sounds so homely, yet it is so corporate), NOBODY CARES about a pot bust, seriously. When you can pick up Heroin at CVS and Walgreens, pot is kind of not a big deal. What is a big deal is the drunks in Temecula, whether it be coming from Wine Country or Old Town, it is a serious threat to the lives of many going about their business every day. So please stop wasting our tax dollars on these busts, we all pay out the ying yang to incarcerate pot heads. I will speak for The residents of Temecula when I say please give the details of the DUI arrests in the paper so we can all comment and laugh at these losers just like the "drug busts." Busting a meth lab would make sense, along with shady drug doctors and wreck less business owners who send drunks driving into our community. People these days have their heads so far up their butts, alcohol is a drug, and a very deadly one, perhaps the most deadly drug of all, but we encourage our youth to drink the crap. Let's enter reality and be real, pot doesn't kill, has several medical benefits, and alcohol and pill manufacturers are scared of pot, it cuts into their profit. Lastly media outlets like The Patch reinforce the way that things are with articles as such:

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