Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Murrieta: Two male roommates arrested for meth and firearms offences

Murrieta, California - On Sunday July 21, 2013, at about 2pm, the Murrieta Police Department received a call from a Paul Hinkston (48-year-old resident of Murrieta), reporting a past residential burglary that occurred during the nighttime hours to his residence in the 28000 block of Ware St., Murrieta.

Mr. Hinkston called back on the “911” emergency line to report that he was parked outside his residence waiting for the officers to arrive. During that time, he observed his roommate—Bill Morlet (52-year-old resident of Murrieta) walk inside the residence, but has yet to come out. Mr. Hinkston also told the “911” call taker that there were guns in the house and that he was in possession of a loaded shotgun in his vehicle.

Upon arrival, officer’s located Mr. Hinkston seated in his parked vehicle. Officers also located Mr. Morlet leaving the area in another vehicle. Both subjects were contacted to further this investigation. At the request of Mr. Hinkston, officers conducted a protective sweep of the interior of his residence to ascertain if he had been a victim of a residential burglary.

During that time, officers located suspected methamphetamine, as well as paraphernalia used to ingest the same - in plain view; however, the allegation of being a victim of a residential burglary was unfounded. During the contact, Mr. Hinkston was displaying symptoms of a subject possibly under the influence of a central nervous system stimulant. Mr. Morlet was also contacted and displayed similar symptoms as Mr. Hinkston.

Further investigation by the officers revealed Mr. Hinkston was in possession of a quantity of suspected methamphetamine and a loaded shotgun. Mr. Morlet was also found to be in possession of a loaded firearm in his waistband, as well as a quantity of suspected methamphetamine. Both Mr. Hinkston and Mr. Morlet were placed under arrest per 11377(a)HS – Possession of a CNS Stimulant; 13370.1(a)HS – Possession of narcotics while armed with a firearm; and 25850(a)PC – Possession of a loaded firearm.

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