The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Norteno gang member on weapons possession charges Thursday, a sheriff’s sergeant said.
Jonathan Garcia-Ceja, 28, of Santa Rosa, caught the attention of a sheriff’s deputy on patrol on Moorland Avenue in unincorporated Sonoma County southwest of Santa Rosa on Thursday night when he slowed down and revved his Honda’s engine, Sgt. Cecile Focha said.
When the deputy stopped the Honda at Moorland and West Robles avenues, Garcia-Ceja said he revved the engine to announce his presence in the area, Focha said.
The inside of the Honda smelled like marijuana and Garcia-Ceja told the deputy he had a weapon within reach in the back seat, Focha said.
The deputy found marijuana and a screwdriver sharpened to a point inside the Honda and a switchblade knife in Garcia-Ceja’s pocket, Focha said.
The deputy also found a backpack containing red clothing and items with Garcia-Ceja’s identity, another sharpened screwdriver, a loaded, pistol grip shotgun with a 10-inch barrel and 10 more rounds of ammunition, Focha said.
Garcia-Ceja was arrested on weapons possession charges and his vehicle was towed. He is a known Norteno gang member, and the sheriff’s office will ask prosecutors to charge him with being a gang member in possession of a loaded firearm, Focha said.
Sheriff’s deputies are conducting proactive street enforcement in the Moorland Avenue area where there have been several shootings in recent weeks and the neighborhood is known for its high gang and narcotics activity, Focha said.
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