General Crime

* Frankie Carlos Alavarez was arrested for possessing a loaded, concealed weapon in Monterey County

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Two people were arrested Saturday morning — one an admitted gang member on parole for drug possession — when sheriff’s deputies discovered a loaded and allegedly stolen gun after a routine traffic stop, according to the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office.   At around 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, sheriff’s deputies conducted a routine traffic stop around 3rd Street and Palm Avenue on a vehicle with four people in it. Although deputies turned their lights and sirens on, the vehicle allegedly continued to drive about three blocks to a residence at 1565 Vineyard Drive in Soledad. Deputies ordered the people in the vehicle to stay inside the vehicle, and three of four allegedly complied. But one of the passengers allegedly jogged to the front door of the residence, despite deputies’ commands to stay in the vehicle, and then came back out about one minute after entering. All of the people were then detained, and three people who had been inside the house were ordered out. Sheriff’s deputies then received permission from the primary renter at the residence to conduct a full search.  The suspect who refused to stay in the car, 23-year-old Frankie Carlos Alvarez, was interviewed before the search and admitted to being a Norteno gang member, and to possessing a loaded, concealed weapon to protect against Sureno gang members, he allegedly said. He then admitted that he ran into the residence after the traffic stop to hide the weapon from the deputies. Alvarez then showed deputies where he had hidden the firearm, a loaded 9 mm handgun. The firearm had allegedly been reported stolen after a residential burglary in Soledad, according to the sheriff’s office. Alvarez was already on probation for drug possession, and was transported to Monterey County Jail where he was booked for possession of
stolen property, violation of probation and on various firearm and gang-related charges. A 15-year-old female who was driving the car was cited for driving without a license, evading deputies and for various vehicle code infractions.

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