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Cesar Castellanos Arrested for Alleged Drive By Shooting and Drugs in Santa Rosa

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Santa Rosa police arrested a man Thursday in connection with a gang-related drive-by shooting in southwest Santa Rosa in October. Cesar Castellanos, 29, of Santa Rosa, was arrested during a traffic stop in the area of Stony Point Road and Campbell Drive, Sgt. Eric Goldschlag said. Police searched Castellanos’ residence in the Pearblossom Drive neighborhood and found more than 18 pounds of processed marijuana and a loaded handgun, Goldschlag said. Two pounds of the marijuana were found in a toy chest in Castellanos’ 7-year-old son’s bedroom, and all the marijuana was easily accessible to the children, Goldschlag said.

The loaded handgun that was found in a bedroom nightstand also was easily accessible to Castellanos’ two children, Goldschlag said. Police also found evidence of the Oct. 10 drive-by shooting near Stony Point Road and Pearblossom Drive, Goldschlag said. The drive-by shooting was the result of infighting among members of the same gang. Police did not immediately find any suspects or victims when they responded to the shooting, but the gang crimes investigations team later found victims and evidence and identified Castellanos as the shooter, Goldschlag said.

Castellanos was booked into the Sonoma County jail for attempted murder, shooting at a vehicle, assault with a deadly weapon, cruelty to a child, possession of marijuana for sale, possession of a controlled substance and gang enhancements, Goldschlag said. Copyright © 2012 by Bay City News, Inc. — Republication, Rebroadcast or any other Reuse without the express written consent of Bay City News, Inc. is prohibited.

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