A local man was arrested in Library Park on Tuesday after Manteca Police discovered that he was carrying a loaded firearm and was in possession of drug paraphernalia and what officers believe was fentanyl.
Randall Freese, 43, was part of a group of people that were contacted by officers shortly after 7:30 p.m. inside of the gazebo at Library Park while police were conducting an area check for criminal activity.
After an investigation officers determined that Freese was carrying a loaded semiautomatic handgun as well as narcotics paraphernalia and a substance that officers believed was fentanyl – a synthetic opiate that is between 80 to 100 times stronger than morphine.
Freese was arrested for being a felon in possession of a handgun and being a prohibited person in possession of ammunition as well as carrying a loaded firearm in public, being armed while in possession of narcotics, and possession of illegal narcotics.
As of Thursday afternoon, he was still being held in custody on a $205,000 bond at the San Joaquin County Jail.
Through the first three months of 2022 Manteca Police have, on average, taken an illegal gun – those that are being carried outside of the parameters of the law, or by people who are prohibited from owning them – off of the streets once every other day. The realization was significant enough for the Manteca Police to draw attention to that fact when announcing an arrest earlier this year.
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