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Monterey Deputies Arrest Gang Member Allegedly Found with Loaded Gun

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A known gang member driving on a suspended license was arrested in Salinas after a traffic stop turned up more than a pound of marijuana and a .44 revolver. Deputies stopped a gold Mercedes around 11:30 a.m. Friday and saw that the driver had a suspended license, according to the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office.

When the deputy first spoke to the driver, there was an odor of marijuana coming from the car. A search of the car revealed a loaded .44 caliber revolver in a small bag behind the driver seat and a backpack containing 1.6 pounds of marijuana, according to sheriff’s officials.

Deputies identified the suspect as 26-year-old Brian Matthew Alderete of Salinas – allegedly a documented member of the La Quinta gang, according to the sheriff’s office. Sheriff’s officials said Alderete told deputies he got the gun somewhere “on the street” and that he was selling the marijuana to support his family.

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