When Lathrop Police responded to a call on the 3800 block of Yosemite Court early Sunday morning, they expected to find a vehicle that had lost control after doing donuts in the rural area and crashed.
What they found was an uncooperative passenger trapped in a vehicle that was carrying more than a pound of marijuana, a loaded gun, a large amount of cash, and no driver.
Officers were able to track down and locate 38-year-old Jose Mario Gonzalez later that morning on a host of charges including 7 felonies ranging from carrying a concealed weapon as a convicted felon, carrying an unregistered handgun, and transportation or sale of marijuana.
Gonzalez was booked into the San Joaquin County Jail on the charges and is scheduled to appear in Department M1 of the Manteca branch of the San Joaquin County Superior Court today at 1:30 p.m. He is currently being held on $605,000 bail.
The crash on Yosemite Ct. was the second incident over the weekend that Lathrop Police deputies took potentially dangerous weapons off the street.
On Saturday afternoon officers attempted to top 34-year-old Raymond Garcia on Louise Avenue when he failed to yield a short pursuit ensued.
After finally stopping for officers they discovered that Garcia was on searchable probation, and a search of the vehicle prompted a response from the Sheriff’s Office Explosive Ordinance Disposal Team after deputies discovered something that concerned them in the vehicle.
Experts were able to determine that the item in question was in fact a smoke grenade, and it was taken from the scene and disposed of properly.
Garcia was transported to the San Joaquin County Jail where he was booked for fleeing a police officer and a host of weapons charges. He is currently being held on $705,000 bail, and is scheduled to appear in Department M1 of the Manteca branch of the San Joaquin County Superior Court today at 1:30 p.m.
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