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A routine bar search in downtown Castroville Monday night led sheriff’s officers on a cat and mouse chase that resulted in the confiscation of seven firearms, two bindles of cocaine and one suspect booked into the county jail on a slew of charges. A Monterey County sheriff’s deputy came in contact with the suspect, Humberto Alvarez Vasquez, 23, of Castroville, at Moreno’s Bar at 10660 Merritt St. in Castroville at around 11:20 p.m., according to the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office.
Apparently donning gang apparel, the deputy asked for Vasquez’ identification, and upon furnishing it, Vasquez allegedly fled the scene. A records check revealed that Vasquez was on probation for a previous sale of marijuana case and had been ordered to not consume alcohol, according to Monterey County Sheriff’s Office Cmdr. Lisa Nash. Deputies searched Vasquez’ vehicle and allegedly found a .357 caliber revolver on the driver’s floorboard. Vasquez was allegedly found hiding about two blocks away and taken into custody.
A search and seizure of Vasquez’ vehicle and home allegedly turned up a total of two .357 caliber revolvers, two 9mm pistols, a 12-gauge shotgun, a .22 caliber rifle, two bindles of cocaine, a narcotics scales, gang paraphernalia and ammunition, according to the sheriff’s office.
Vasquez was booked into the Monterey County Jail for charges including violation of probation, firearms charges and gang enhancements. He is being held in lieu of $80,000 bail. According to Nash, this seizure is the result of proactive policing. When not forced out on more urgent calls, deputies try to get in touch with the community and get to know business owners.
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