Desert Hot Springs felon found with firearm, narcotics

DESERT HOT SPRINGS, Calif. - Search warrant leads to the arrest of a Desert Hot Springs man found in possession of a firearm, ammunition, and narcotics.

Members of the Coachella Valley Violent Crime Gang Task Force served a narcotics-related search warrant at a residence located within the 66900 block of Estrella Avenue in Deserts Hot Springs.

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According to a news release by the Riverside County Sheriff's Department, Desert Hot Springs resident, Nicholas Sardegna, 40, was arrested after it was discovered he was in possession of narcotics (suspected methamphetamine), a firearm, ammunition, and other evidentiary items consistent with the sales of narcotics.

Sardegna was arrested for being a felon in possession of a firearm/ammunition, possession of methamphetamine for sales, and possession of a firearm with narcotics. He was booked into the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning.

If you have any information about this crime, please contact CVVCGTF Detective Gaines at (760) 836-1721

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