SOLEDAD (BCN) — Authorities arrested an alleged gang member Wednesday, after a state search warrant conducted at a Soledad home lead to the discovery of drugs and weapons, according to the sheriff’s office.
Around 3 p.m., members of the Southern Monterey County Violence Suppression Collaboration served a search warrant at 134 Inca Drive, sheriff’s officials said.
Before the search, the authorities conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle being driven by the suspect. The suspect cooperated with the search warrant service, according to sheriff’s officials.
At the residence, authorities found almost three ounces of crystal methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, drug packaging, a “buy-owe” sheet and ammunition, sheriff’s officials said.
Authorities also found two illegally possessed firearms, a loaded, semi-automatic handgun and snub-nosed revolver. The semi-automatic handgun had been reported stolen out of Washington state, according to sheriff’s officials.
Authorities also found evidence the suspect had been involved in drug sales within 1000 yards of Soledad High School, which is an additional violation, sheriff’s officials said.
The sheriff’s office identified the suspect as 30-year-old Juan Lucio. Lucio is an alleged active member of the Norteno street gang in Soledad, sheriff’s officials said.
Lucio had previously been convicted of prior felonies and is out on bail for possession of an assault weapon and for participating in a criminal street gang, according to sheriff’s officials.
Authorities arrested Lucio on suspicion of drug sales, being a felon possessing firearms, selling dangerous controlled substances near a school, participating in a criminal street gang and stolen property violations, according to sheriff’s officials.
The Southern Monterey County Violence Suppression Collaboration is comprised of law enforcement officers from the Monterey County Sheriff’s Department, Monterey County District Attorney’s Office, California Highway Patrol, California State Parole and police departments from Soledad, Gonzales, Greenfield and King City.