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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 28, 2011
CONTACT: Sergeant Tim Martin
951-247-8700

Narcotic Search Warrant suspects arrested

During the past year, the Moreno Valley Police Department has received numerous complaints from businesses, citizens and elected officials about narcotic and gang activity coming from inside and around K & M Barbershop, located at 24135 Sunnymead Boulevard, Moreno Valley.

An eight month investigation was conducted by the Moreno Valley Police Department Special Enforcement Team in conjunction with agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). Undercover agents made 12 narcotic buys from inside and directly outside K & M Barbershop. The culmination of these buys resulted in the Riverside County Superior Court issuance of seven arrest warrants for individuals selling narcotics and using a place of business to sell narcotics. The parking lot of the location was also the scene of a shooting death in 2008, which started with a physical altercation in front of the barbershop.

On Thursday, October 27, 2011, at about 2:00 PM, officers from the Moreno Valley Police Department's Special Enforcement Team, Problem Oriented Police Team, plus ATF agents served two search warrants. The first search warrant was served at the barbershop and the second search warrant was served at the barbershop owner's residence, located at the 12000 block of Paseo Del Sol, Moreno Valley. During a search of the business and residence, officers located two unregistered loaded handguns, brass knuckles, a billy club, and 8.4 grams of marijuana.

A total of ten suspects were arrested at the barbershop, which included four for the arrest warrants issued by the court. The following suspects were booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center.

  • Kevin White (38 years) of Moreno Valley, K & M Barbershop owner. Arrested for felon in possession of a firearm, maintaining a business to sell narcotics, and possession of a dangerous weapon.
  • Antoine Powell (31 years) of Moreno Valley. Arrested for felony possession of a firearm and possession of marijuana for sale.
  • Kevin Pearson (38 years) of San Bernardino. Arrested for possession of cocaine for sale.
  • L.C. Whitehorn (28 years) of Moreno Valley. Arrested for possession of a dangerous weapon. • Donzell Tate (42 years) of Moreno Valley. Arrested for possession of cocaine for sale.

Five additional suspects were arrested for various misdemeanor warrants.

On October 28, 2011, an additional suspect related to the barbershop, Esther Grant, (54 years) of Hemet, was taken into custody for possession of cocaine for sale.

Staff from the City of Moreno Valley's Code Enforcement, Building and Safety, and Fire Marshall's offices found numerous code violations for K & M Barbershop. The barbershop was deemed unsafe for occupation and the business's power was turned off.

The Moreno Valley Police Department has a "Zero Tolerance" policy toward illicit narcotic activity and continues to be vigilant in investigating all narcotic crimes. The City encourages citizens and business owners with information about narcotic activity to contact the Moreno Valley Police Department at 951-247-8700.

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