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July 9, 2013 > San Leandro Police arrest suspects, recover drugs and guns

San Leandro Police arrest suspects, recover drugs and guns

Submitted By San Leandro PD

During evening hours of Friday, June 28th and the early morning hours of Saturday, June 29th, San Leandro Police Officers conducted two separate investigative stops resulting in the recovery of drugs, three loaded handguns and the arrest of five suspects.

The first incident occurred on 06/28/13 at 8:53 p.m. in the 700 block of Lewelling Blvd., when a patrol officer stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. While speaking with the driver, the officer saw approximately three ounces of marijuana on the back seat of the vehicle. A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed two loaded handguns, concealed in the vehicle - a .357 magnum and a .22 caliber pistol. Additionally, four grams of methamphetamine and four grams of hashish were found in the possession of the vehicle's occupants, resulting in their arrests.

The driver, Roman Rodriguez, a 25 year old San Lorenzo resident was arrested for possession of two loaded, concealed firearms in the vehicle and possession of narcotics and paraphernalia. The passenger, Joseph Tavita, a 25 year old San Leandro resident was taken into custody for an outstanding misdemeanor arrest warrants. The other passenger was identified as Alicia Colon, a 23 year old Hayward resident, who was arrested on drug-related charges.

The second arrest occurred on 06/29/13 at 0230 hours, in front of Nation's Burgers at the Washington Plaza Shopping Center. An officer patrolling the area noticed a vehicle parked in front of the restaurant, with two occupants inside. When the officer contacted the driver, Samuel Montoya, a 30 year old resident of Oakland, he smelled the odor of marijuana emanating from the interior of the vehicle. During a subsequent search, the officer located two empty ammunition magazines for an assault rifle and a loaded and concealed .45 caliber handgun inside of the vehicle. Montoya was arrested on firearms violations.

Lieutenant Robert McManus stated, "These are two excellent examples of proactive police work conducted by our officers, resulting in the arrests of suspects who were illegally armed with loaded firearms and drugs in the City of San Leandro."

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