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Gun found during bicycle stop

Gun found during bicycle stop

Jesus Gomez

POSTED January 7, 2011 9:32 p.m.

A bicycle stop by a Merced County Sheriff’s deputy of an admitted gang member in Planada led to the confiscation of a loaded weapon Wednesday night.

The routine stop was made in the area of Haskell Avenue and Cabrillo Street in Planada around 6 p.m. Wednesday. The suspect was identified as 23-year-old Jesus Gomez, said sheriff spokesman Deputy Tom MacKenzie. According to the sheriff’s department, Gomez is an admitted gang member.

A loaded .380 caliber handgun was found tucked into the waistband of Gomez’s pants, MacKenzie said. Gomez told the deputy he carries the weapon for protection against rival gang members and bought it on the street for $100.

In addition to the gun, Gomez also was carrying a small amount of methamphetamine in his wallet and a glass smoking pipe in his pocket, Mackenzie said.

Gomez, who is already on felony probation, was arrested and booked on charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine while carrying a concealed forearm, carrying a concealed firearm while being a convicted felon, and participating in a criminal street gang. He remains in custody without bail on an immigration hold.

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