Police find firearms and marijuana after spotting suspicious activity


SANTA ROSA (KRON)—A detective noticing suspicious activity inside a Santa Rosa parking lot led to an arrest as well as firearms being found on Wednesday.

It happened around 10:30 a.m. near a Food Max grocery store on Stoney Point and Sebastopol Road.

Several people were spotted walking to and from a tan GMC Yukon.

Store employees also noticed some type of transaction going on inside the parking lot.

One of the suspects, later identified as 24-year-old Martin Perez of Sacramento, was driving the car.

Perez drove the car out of the parking lot and into a nearby convenience store near a park.

Officer Collins with the Santa Rosa police ordered Perez to get back in the car after he got out.

Collins noticed large amounts of marijuana inside the car and believed Perez was connected to some drug deals.

Perez was somewhat uncooperative when Collins put him in handcuffs and was waiting for other officers to arrive, Collins said.

Police searched the car when Collins and the three other people in the car were out of the way.

They found loaded 22 caliber revolver, a .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun and the marijuana that was spotted by Officer Collins.

Perez told police the car belonged to him. He was arrested for having a loaded and concealed firearm.

The three other people inside the car were not arrested and were released.

Perez was booked into the Sonoma County Jail.

The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Santa Rosa Police Department (707) 543-3600.

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