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2 men arrested for gun and drug offenses

According to officers with the Santa Cruz Police Department, two California men were arrested for weapons and drug offenses. The incident happened on March 11 at 10:06 p.m.

Officers report that they were dispatched after a call that reported shots had been fired. They first reported to a location on Myrtle Street and received surveillance video of the suspect vehicle. The police then found the vehicle that matched the vehicle's license plate in the 2200 block of Mission Street and initiated a stop.

The officers searched the vehicle and found an illegal high-capacity magazine, two handguns that were loaded and some crack cocaine. Three people who were inside of the vehicle were transported to the police department for questioning. One was released, but a 24-year-old man and a 25-year-old man were arrested. The 24-year-old man was charged with illegally discharging a weapon, possessing an unregistered weapon, possessing a loaded handgun and possessing an illegal magazine. The 25-year-old man was charged with committing a felony while on bail, transporting a controlled substance, possessing a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance while also being in possession of a loaded firearm.

Drug crimes may lead to serious charges and penalties. When people are handed drug charges while they are in the possession of loaded weapons, the penalties may be more severe. People who are charged with drug and weapons offenses might want to retain experienced criminal defense lawyers as soon as possible. Lawyers may be able to review the facts of the case and build strong defenses to the charges. They may be able to negotiate pleas or work to obtain favorable outcomes through motions practice or trials.

Source: Santa Cruz Patch, "2 arrested for alleged discharge of illegal gun, drug possession", March 12, 2018

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