John Perro and Christopher Perro, Santa Cruz County booking photos
Anonymous Tip Pays Off in Seizure of Weapons
FELTON—Agents with the Santa Cruz County Narcotics Enforcement Team, along with the Santa Cruz County Anti-Crime Team were able to take 21 firearms and some illegal drugs off the streets thanks to an anonymous tip. They also were able to arrest four suspects, 57-year-old John Anthony Perro, 41-year-old Joshua Phillip Heggarty, 34-year-old Christopher Adam Perro and 26-year-old Sean Christopher Moyer on charges ranging from illegal firearm possession to drug possession.
On Thursday, October 29, agents from the two county agencies, acting on an anonymous tip, raided a house on the 10300 block of East Zayante Drive in Felton. Authorities were there to serve a search warrant because of the reported suspicious activity.
During the search, agents seized more than 40 pounds of processed marijuana along with both cocaine and heroin. Police were also able to seize 21 different types of firearms inside the home.
Agents arrested the four occupants of the house on different charges. John Perro and his son Christopher Perro were arrested for marijuana cultivation. Christopher had the added charges of possessing marijuana for sale, along with being a felon in possession of a firearm. The other two, Joshua Heggarty and Sean Moyer, were both charged with being felons in possession of a firearm. Moyer had an added charge because the weapon was an illegal sawed-off shotgun.
Bail for John Perro was set at $2,500.00, while the others were for $25,000.00. They all reported living on the property together, and were transported and booked into the Santa Cruz County jail.
According to available records, the senior member of the team, John Perro, has lived at the location for at least ten years. In 2007 he was arrested and charged multiple times with offenses related to domestic violence. In May of that year he was arrested for inflicting corporal injury on a spouse or co-habitant, battery with serious injury, and inflicting great bodily injury. In August of that year he was charged with contempt of court – disobeying a court order, resisting arrest, and giving false information to an officer. In September he was also booked for disobeying a domestic relations court order and warrants for assault with a deadly weapon and resisting arrest.
His son Christopher Perro was also residing at the property while being arrested several times over the intervening years. In March of 2006 he was arrested for disorderly conduct – public intoxication, and in August for driving under the influence. In September 2006 he faced charges similar to what his father dealt with the next year – he was arrested for inflicting corporal injury on a spouse or co-habitant, kidnapping, false imprisonment by violence, criminal threats, burglary, and violating probation. Details of that incident were not available, but on New Years Eve of that year he was again arrested for contempt of court – disobeying a domestic relations court order, and a protective court order, along with violating probation.
Four years later more troubles began when he was charged with making annoying telephone calls, and violating probation, in February 2010. In January 2011 he was charged with driving on a suspended license and another probation violation. That was followed in May with an arrest for disorderly conduct – public intoxication, and resisting arrest, along with the usual probation violation. He faced the same charges in August of 2013.
CrimeVoice staff contributed to this report