A man and woman suspected of trying to sell a stolen trailer were arrested Saturday and deputies found firearms, marijuana and the remnants of a methamphetamine lab on the Cabazon property where the trailer was being repainted, authorities said.
Someone called deputies at the sheriff's Cabazon Station on Friday to say a Craiglist ad was offering her stolen trailer for sale, said Sgt. James Burton of the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.
The victim made arrangements with a suspect, later identified as 25-year-old David Foster of Cabazon, to meet at his home in the 52000 block of Date Avenue to purchase the trailer, Burton said.
Deputies and investigators met Foster and 42-year-old Kimberly Tierce at the residence and located the trailer, which was in the process of being repainted, Burton said.
"The victim responded to the location and was able to recover several additional items that had been stolen with the trailer," he said.
A search of the property turned up more than 30 firearms and several cases of ammunition, Burton said.
"Most of the firearms were dismantled and some appeared to be antiques from the World War II era," he said.
Also found were the remnants of a methamphetamine lab, a loaded rifle and several pounds of marijuana, Burton said.
A commercial grade flare caused a momentary scare until a sheriff's Hazardous Device Team determined what it was, he said.
Foster was booked on suspicion of possession of stolen property, being a felon in possession of a firearm, conspiracy and violating his parole, while Tierce was booked on suspicion of possession of stolen property and conspiracy, Burton said.
Both were booked into the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning, he said, adding that addition possible charges would likely arise from the continuing investigation.
-City News Service