Dartanun Young may have claimed that he found the handgun he was carrying, but the Merced Police Department thought otherwise and arrested the 20-year-old suspect for carrying a concealed weapon without a permit on September 7th.
Young first drew the attention a local officer when he appeared to complete a hand-to-hand drug transaction with 20-year-old Edward Bowers on the 1900 block of I Street, which is known as a “high crime” area by police. The officer who witnessed the supposed transaction immediately made contact with both Young and Bowers, with Young consenting to a pat-down. During the pat-down, the officer found a 22 caliber revolver and six bullets in Young’s rear left pocket.
When questioned about the handgun and ammunition, Young claimed to have found the handgun but wouldn’t tell authorities the location where he found it.
Neither Young nor Bowers were found with any narcotics on them, and Bowers was released without charges. Young is currently booked at the Merced County Jail. Merced Police Department PIO Lt. Tom Trindad was unavailable for comment.
Merced Police Department Investigations Division is asking that any citizens who have any more information about Dartanun Young or his handgun possession to contact Detective Sergeant Scott Skinner at 209 385-4702 or the police department tip line at 209 385-4725. Callers can remain anonymous.
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