Bicyclist arrested with meth in Palm Springs

Man also had handgun ammo and 81mm military mortar round

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - A man was arrested early Monday morning in Palm Springs after police found methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia on him.

According to police, 31-year-old Joaquin Fuster of Cathedral City was stopped around 2:40 a.m. in the 600 block of South Palm Canyon Drive for a vehicle code violation.

Officers discovered the drugs and paraphernalia in his backpack, but they also found handgun ammunition and an 81mm military mortar round.

Photos of the mortar round were sent to the Riverside County Sheriff Department's  Hazard Device Team. Team members determined the device was a military practice round and had no explosive capabilities.

Officers arrested Fuster and he was booked into the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning on multiple charges:

  • Possession of a controlled substance
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Felon in possession of amunition
  • Misdemeanor possession of a metal military practice round
  • Felony violation of probation

The military practice round has been tuned over to the Riverside County Sheriff Department's Hazard Device Team.

The Palm Springs Police Department reminds everyone that if a suspicious object such as this military practice round is located, the object shouldn't be moved, touched or disturbed.

Officers said you should evacuate the area and call 911 from a safe distance using a land line telephone. Cell phones shouldn't be used because cellular transmissions have the potential to detonate destructive devices.

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