Police in Watsonville arrested a felon Monday after a search warrant turned up several firearm violations and alleged child endangerment. Officers conducted an investigation of 34-year-old Aromas resident Hector Rocha for several months, looking into the sales of methamphetamine in Watsonville, police said.
Enough evidence was gathered to obtain a search warrant of Rocha’s home in the 800 block of Via Manzana, which was executed Monday at about 8:30 a.m. by police with the assistance of the Santa Cruz County Gang Task Force and a California Highway Patrol police dog, police said. Police said during the search officers found six firearms including three semi-automatic pistols, a shotgun, an illegal sawed-off rifle and a banned assault rife with large capacity magazines.
Many of the guns were loaded. One of the pistols was reported stolen out of Seattle, according to police. Police said the firearms belonged to Rocha, who is a felon and cannot possess them. Officers also located gang indicia and narcotics sales and firearm transactions. Rocha was arrested on suspicion of several gun violations and gang enhancements. He was booked into the Monterey County Jail and is being held in lieu of $300,000 bail.
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