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Hesperia Couple Arrested on Drug & Weapon Charges

HESPERIA:( On Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at approximately 7:56 p.m., Hesperia SMASH Deputies Derek Stokes and Christopher Johnston conducted a traffic stop on a red Cadillac Deville.

The driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, later identified as 30-year-old Derek Daniel Haynes, admitted to having a concealed weapon on his person. Haynes, a convicted felon, was also in possession of a semi-automatic assault rifle, large capacity magazines, ammunition, body armor, brass knuckles, methamphetamine, packaging, digital scales, and a hypodermic needle.

The vehicle, belonging to Hayne’s girlfriend Ashley King, was found to be registered to an address shared by both suspects. As a result they were able to secure a search warrant for the residence located in the 11000 block of A Avenue in Hesperia.

Deputies from the Hesperia Station executed the search warrant at the A Avenue address. King had left her residence prior to the deputies’ arrival and she is believed to have information material to this investigation Deputies contacted her friend 30-year-old Elizabeth Gauthier, who was found to be in possession of methamphetamine.

Derek Haynes, a documented gang member, was arrested and booked at the High Desert Detention Center for PC29800(a)(1) felon in possession of a firearm; HS11370.1(a) possession of controlled substance while armed with a firearm; HS11379(a) transportation/sales of controlled substance; HS11550(e) use of controlled substance while in possession of loaded firearm; PC186.22(a) participation in a criminal street gang and his bail was set at $100,000.

Elizabeth Gauthier was arrested and booked at the High Desert Detention Center for HS11377(a) possession of controlled substance and her bail was set at $25,000.

Anyone with information regarding these crimes is asked to please contact Deputy Christopher Johnston at the Hesperia Station, 760-947-1500.

This is an ongoing effort by the Sheriff’s Department to protect the communities it serves.

Citizens are encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Department or WE-TIP(1-800-87-CRIME, to report suspicious or criminal activity and can remain anonymous.

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