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2 arrested on drug possession, firearms charges

On March 11, two California men were arrested on drug and weapons charges after police responded to reports of shots fired in Santa Cruz. The incident occurred around 10 p.m. on the 100 block of Myrtle Street.

After arriving at the scene, Santa Cruz police officers spoke to witnesses and obtained video footage of the alleged shooting. That information provided them with a description of the defendants’ vehicle, and police conducted a traffic stop on the 2200 block of Mission Street. A search of the vehicle turned up two firearms and an illegal high-capacity ammunition magazine. Crack cocaine was also allegedly discovered.

Three men were initially detained at the scene, but one was released. Two men, ages 24 and 25, were arrested and booked into jail. The 24-year-old was charged with willful discharge of a firearm in a negligent manner, possession of a loaded firearm, possession of an unregistered firearm and possession of an illegal high-capacity ammunition magazine. The 25-year-old was charged with possession and transportation of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance while armed and commission of a felony while on bail. He was also wanted on an outstanding warrant. No one was injured in the shooting.

Drug possession charges can carry serious consequences in California, especially if they are accompanied by firearms charges. It is common for those convicted of these crimes to be sentenced to lengthy prison terms and assessed heavy fines. However, an attorney could carefully scrutinize the evidence for details that cast doubt on the prosecution’s case, which could get the charges reduced or dismissed.

Source: Santa Cruz Patch, “2 Arrested For Alleged Discharge of Illegal Gun, Drug Possession“, March 12, 2018

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John Patrick Ryan has been practicing law for over 20 years. Experienced in criminal law. U.S. Navy Veteran.