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La Quinta Golf Cart Theft Leads To Multiple Arrests, Gun, Drugs Found

LA QUINTA, CA — A La Quinta golf cart theft led officials to search an Indio residence, leaving four behind bars Friday. At the home, warrant-serving officers found a handgun, drugs, and items related to drug sales, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Kyle LaFond.

Lydia Ruiz, 39, Mestisa Labuen, 33, and 29-year-olds Erick Maldonado and Brandon White were arrested Thursday afternoon on varying felony charges.

At approximately 4:15 p.m. Thursday, deputies served a warrant in the the 82000 block of Indio Boulevard stemming from the November La Quinta golf cart theft, according to LaFond.

“During the service of the search warrant, over a quarter pound of suspected methamphetamine, 22 suspected Fentanyl pills, and other items related to drug sales were located,” LaFond wrote in a statement. “Additionally, one of the subjects at the location was found to have a loaded Springfield 9mm handgun.”

The four suspects were subsequently arrested — Ruiz on suspicion of burglary, vehicle theft, possession of drug paraphernalia and violating probation; and Maldonado on suspicion of possessing narcotics with a loaded firearm and being a felon in possession of ammunition and a firearm, according to LaFond. White was arrested on suspicion of possessing narcotics for sale and Labuen for an outstanding felony warrant, according to jail records.

All four suspects were booked into the John J. Benoit Detention Center, where they remained Friday morning — Maldonado and Labuen on $10,000 bonds, White on a $70,000 and Ruiz on $100,000 bail, according to inmate records.

Anyone with additional information on the case was asked to call Deputy Martin with the Riverside County Thermal Sheriff’s station at 760-863- 8990.