In Either Case the Handguns Were Not Registered
WATSONVILLE—Members of the Santa Cruz County Anti-Crime Gang Task Force arrested 18-year-old Watsonville resident Saul Castillo-Arana after a search of his residence produced an unregistered handgun.
Members of the Task Force were on routine patrol near Bree Lane in Watsonville. They contacted Arana, a known gang participant, at his apartment on the 300 block of Bree Lane. Arana is a convicted felon on active probation and is subjected to searches while on probation. He had been arrested on October 4 for possession of concentrated cannabis and failure to obey an officer. His prior offenses as a juvenile are not available. GTF agents searched his home and found a loaded handgun in his bedroom.
Since Arana is a felon on probation he is also restricted from possessing a firearm pursuant to his terms of probation. The gun had a serial number, but it was not registered.
Saul Castillo Arana was arrested by the Gang Task Force Members on charges of being in possession of a loaded firearm as a convicted felon, possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, and for violating his probation. Arana was booked into the Santa Cruz County Jail on January 8.
On January 29, The Santa Cruz Anti-Crime Team was at it again as they arrested 39-year-old Omar Diaz for being in possession of a loaded .38 caliber handgun. Additionally, Diaz had three warrants for his arrest for assault for a deadly weapon and domestic battery.
Diaz also had additional ammunition in a loaded magazine in his pants pocket. Diaz was booked in the Santa Cruz County Jail for possession of a loaded firearm and providing false information to a peace officer.
This marks the third handgun seized in 2015. The Gang task Force seized 26 firearms in 2014 and 78 firearms since 2012.