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May 14, 2021: 2 Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Detectives Indicted For Perjury, Filing False Report

Greg Risling, Assistant Media Chief
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Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón announced that an indictment was unsealed today charging two sheriff’s detectives for lying about their roles while a search warrant was served at a home in East Los Angeles three years ago.

“Trust is one of the cornerstones of law enforcement,” District Attorney Gascón said. “Our job is to help restore that trust when our community loses faith in the people who promise to uphold the law and protect us.”

A grand jury returned an indictment yesterday against Pedro Guerrero-Gonzalez (dob 4/5/87) for one felony count of filing a false report and Noel Lopez (dob 1/21/80) for one count of perjury. The indictment was unsealed today.

Both defendants made their initial court appearances this morning and are scheduled to be arraigned on June 14 in Department 100 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center.

On Sept. 22, 2018, both defendants were part of a team of sheriff’s investigators who served a search warrant at a home in East Los Angeles. Drugs and weapons were discovered and two men were arrested and later charged in connection with the alleged crimes.

Guerrero-Gonzalez is accused of falsifying another detective’s statement in a report. In a declaration, Lopez allegedly lied that deputies saw one of the men arrested throw a case containing a rifle onto the floor.

When prosecutors learned of the alleged crimes by the two detectives, they moved to dismiss the case. A judge dismissed the case against both men on Sept. 5, 2019.

Case BA484296 was investigated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Internal Criminal Investigations Bureau.