Traffic stop near Watsonville results in discovery of drugs, loaded gun

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MONTEREY COUNTY (KRON/BCN) — A Monterey County Sheriff’s Office traffic stop near Watsonville resulted in the arrest of a 37-year-old man after deputies found drugs and a gun inside of his car on Friday, according to sheriff’s officials.

Deputies had conducted a traffic stop for vehicle code violations in the unincorporated community of Pajaro, which is located near the Monterey County and Santa Cruz County lines.

The driver, later identified as Marina resident Michael Turcotte, was found to be on active Post Release Community Supervision, according to sheriff’s officials.

Deputies then conducted a search of his vehicle and discovered a loaded handgun and narcotics possessed for sales, sheriff’s officials said.

Deputies arrested Turcotte on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance while armed, being a felon in possession of a firearm, being a person prohibited from owning ammunition, possession of a controlled
substance for sale and violating post release supervision.

Turcotte was booked into the Monterey County Jail, according to sheriff’s officials said.

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