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Felon to stand trial for allegedly possessing drugs, high-capacity rifle


Last updated 8/29/2018 at 1:39pm

MURRIETA - A convicted felon allegedly caught dealing drugs while armed with a semiautomatic rifle and other guns in Murrieta must stand trial on several felony charges, including possession of controlled substances for sale, a judge ruled today.

Matthew Patrick Fromer, 46, of Wildomar was arrested in April, following a Murrieta police investigation that culminated in a search warrant being served at his residence on Mission Trail.

At the conclusion of a preliminary hearing this morning at the Southwest Justice Center, Riverside County Superior Court Judge John Davis found there was sufficient evidence to warrant a trial on the drug-dealing charge, as well as possession of a controlled substance while armed and two counts of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, with a sentence-enhancing allegation of committing a crime while on bail.

Davis scheduled a post-preliminary hearing arraignment for Sept. 13 at the Murrieta courthouse. The defendant is free on a $115,000 bond.

According to Murrieta police Lt. Ron Driscoll, the agency's narcotics unit began investigating Fromer in late winter for suspected narcotics activity in the city. After gathering sufficient evidence, the warrant was obtained and served on April 12 at the defendant's home, where investigators allegedly seized an AR-15 rifle, a 9mm handgun, a .22 rifle and a replica pistol, along with nearly 1,500 rounds of ammunition.

The investigation also led to the seizure of 22.6 grams of methamphetamine and 3.8 grams of cocaine, Driscoll said.

According to court records, Fromer has an unresolved case pending from last August related to a driving under the influence crash that seriously injured a person.

His prior felony convictions were not specified in court documents.


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