Documented Oxnard gang member arrested for possessing firearm and meth

viagra 60mg arial, thumb sans-serif;”>On Tuesday October 6, 2015 officers from the Oxnard Police Department’s Special Enforcement Unit were conducting gang enforcement in the south end of the city in response to a recent shooting.

At approximately 2:30 p.m., Officers observed a black Chevrolet Impala driving in the area of Hueneme Rd. and Arcturus Ave. The officers observed the vehicle make a traffic violation and stopped the vehicle. Officers contacted the driver, 30 year old Frank Morales, and learned that Morales’ driver’s license was suspended. The officers also contacted the passengers of the vehicle, 27 year old Erik Cortez and 22 year old Jesus Amezcua. It was determined that Amezcua was on probation.

During the investigation, officers conducted a search of the vehicle and located a loaded .22 caliber handgun concealed inside. Officers determined that the handgun belonged to Cortez. Cortez is a documented member of an Oxnard street gang and is prohibited from possessing firearms. Cortez was arrested for several firearms related charges. In addition to the handgun, officers located a large quantity of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Morales and Amezcua were both arrested for various narcotics related offenses. Cortez was additionally charged with possession for sales of methamphetamine.

The Oxnard Police Department Special Enforcement Unit is committed to reducing gang crimes and gun violence in the City of Oxnard through the strict enforcement of laws specifically targeting known, active gang members residing in the city. Citizens are reminded to contact the Police Department when they observe suspicious activity or are witnesses to a crime.

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