On March 26, two California men were arrested on drug and gun charges after police pulled over their vehicle for reckless driving. The incident took place in Solano County.
According to authorities, a deputy with the Solano County Sheriff’s Office Enforcement Team pulled over a Toyota that was driving erratically near the intersection of Hilborn Road and Waterman Boulevard. During the traffic stop, the deputy allegedly detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle and saw a Mac-10 handgun on the floor beneath the driver. Backup arrived, and the defendants, ages 18 and 20, were taken into custody.
A search of the vehicle uncovered the Mac-10 handgun, two Glock handguns, five high-capacity ammunition magazines, large amounts of marijuana and Xanax pills, packaging supplies and a digital scale. The 18-year-old was charged with five felony drug crimes, felony criminal conspiracy and felony illegal possession of an assault weapon. He was additionally charged with multiple misdemeanor gun crimes. His bail was set at $120,000. The 20-year-old was charged with six felony drug crimes, felony criminal conspiracy and felony illegal possession of an assault weapon. He was additionally charged with multiple misdemeanor drug crimes, including three counts of carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle. His bail was set at $128,333.
If convicted on drug trafficking charges, people could face harsh consequences, including long prison terms and heavy fines. However, defendants may be able to help their situation by seeking the counsel of a criminal defense attorney to see what kind of strategy can be constructed to counter the allegations.
Source: The Daily Republic, “Fairfield traffic stop yields guns, drugs; 2 arrests“, March 28, 2018