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WATSONVILLE — Police have arrested a 14-year-old juvenile for possession of a firearm, a felony arrest warrant, and numerous other charges after a vehicle he was riding in was stopped for a traffic violation on Monday night.
Shortly before midnight, officers conducted an enforcement stop at the intersection of Freedom and Main after witnessing a vehicle code violation. An officer approached the vehicle and made contact with the five occupants when he noticed the heavy smell of marijuana emanating from inside.
The officer called all occupants out of the car and conducted a search. A concealed, loaded revolver was found in one of the passenger’s pockets. A background check also revealed an outstanding felony warrant for his arrest.
In total, he was arrested for: possession of a loaded concealed firearm, possession of an unregistered firearm, possession of a firearm with the serial numbers obliterated, minor in possession of a firearm, minor in possession of live ammunition, gang member in possession of a firearm, participating in a criminal street gang, probation violation, and an outstanding felony warrant.
18-year-old Angel Meza of Santa Cruz, another passenger in the vehicle, was also arrested for a violation of his own probation. He was cited and released.
All other occupants of the vehicle were released at the scene.