March 13, 2017

Gun & Drugs Off The Street -SCPD Weekend Cases of Interest

SCPD Arrest Teen Gang Member with Loaded Handgun

A 16-year-old Santa Cruz gang member was arrested for possession of a concealed loaded firearm and probation violation. 

On March 11th about 10:00 pm, while on routine patrol , an SCPD officer observed the suspect juvenile male 
in the area of Foster Freeze on Laurel Street. The juvenile is a known gang member and is on probation The teen has had multiple contacts in the past with law enforcement.

When the officers approached, the suspect immediately turned away from the officers and reached for the waistband area of his pants. SCPD officers believed he had a weapon and placed the suspect in custody. A search of the juvenile recovered a loaded firearm found in the suspect’s waist area.

Officers arrested the 16-year-old juvenile from Santa Cruz and charged him with probation violations, possession of a loaded firearm in public, possession of a loaded, concealed firearm and participating in a criminal street gang.

24 Grams of Methamphetamine Off the Street

On 3/12/17 at approximately 11:11 am, SCPD Officers were patrolling the area of Canfield Ave and San Lorenzo investigating a suspicious tan-colored Toyota Camry without license plates.Officers located the car that matched the description driving through the area and followed it to the 600 block of Riverside Avenue.

During the stop, it was determined the driver Janina Miller-Morales, 27 years old from Davenport, and passenger Zenaido Gomez, 28 years old from Santa Cruz, had outstanding warrants.

Janina Miller-Morales, 27 years old from Davenport
 As Ms. Miller was exiting the car, she dropped a methamphetamine pipe on the driver side floorboard. The subsequent search of the vehicle resulted in ten bindles totaling 24 grams of methamphetamine and assorted drug paraphernalia
SCPD officers cited Ms. Miller-Morales and passenger Mr. Gomez for outstanding warrants. Janina Miller-Morales was also arrested for transporting, selling and possession of narcotic controlled substances.
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