Documented gang member faces weapons, drug charges

One person in California who police said is a gang member was recently arrested on several criminal charges. The charges, which include weapons-related charges and drug charges, were filed following a traffic stop. Police said they found drugs, firearms and tactical gear at the home of the 33-year-old man.

Police reportedly pulled over the man for a small traffic violation. However, when the police officer learned that the man was documented as belonging to the gang Laos Bloods, he immediately called for backup. The man, at the time, was on probation.

When police searched the man's house, they reportedly found a semi-automatic rifle, along with a semi-automatic handgun. None of the weapons were registered to the man. In addition, police allegedly recovered narcotics paraphernalia, tactical gear and a pot-growing operating featuring 38 plants. The man currently faces several felony charges and is now in jail.

People in California who face drug charges or other serious criminal charges may proceed to trial if they believe that this is in their best interests. At trial, prosecutors have to prove the charges beyond a reasonable doubt by appropriate evidence, and only then are criminal convictions possible. In some cases, accused individuals are offered plea deals by prosecutors, which may result in lighter charges and/or more lenient sentences from the court. Defense counsel will push for an outcome that is most favorable for the defendant and also fight to ensure that all of his or her rights are upheld at all stages of the proceedings.

Source: nbc4i.com, "Bloods gang member arrested after traffic stop leads to gun, drug bust", March 8, 2016

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