The Monterey County Gang and Narcotics/Violent Crimes Task Force executed two search warrants at homes that led to an arrest and the confiscation of weapons and marijuana Friday morning. The first search warrant was executed after the task force gathered information indicating a possible indoor marijuana grow at a home on North Pearl Street in Salinas, law enforcement officials said.
As the home in the 100 block of North Pearl Street was under surveillance, 35-year-old Candido Arroyo-Gonzales was seen carrying items from the residence to another location in the 900 block of Circle Drive, according to officials. Officials said a strong odor of marijuana came from the North Pearl Street home, and led to a search warrant being obtained.
The warrant was executed at the two homes around 7 a.m. Friday. At the Circle Drive residence, investigators found evidence of a prior grow operation in the garage along with a .45-caliber pistol and assault rifle, according to officials. Investigators found a grow operation with about 500 marijuana plants at the North Pearl Street home. Arroyo-Gonzales was arrested on suspicion of drug and weapon charges and child endangerment.
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