Automotive Repair Shop Owner Suspected of Drug Trafficking
Photo: Ricardo Gallardo
DUBLIN — An automotive repair shop owner has criminal charges pending in connection with suspected drug trafficking. Authorities arrested him earlier this month and confiscated cocaine, a large quantity of cash, and three firearms.
On April 22, search warrants were executed by Dublin police and the Alameda County Narcotics Task Force. Several agencies from the county participated in this law enforcement action, as part of an ongoing investigation.
Officers searched Tri-Valley Muffler & Brake, located at 6437 Golden Gate Drive in Dublin. The shop is owned by 45-year-old Ricardo Gallardo, Sr. In addition, Gallardo’s residence located in Bay Point was also searched.
Gallardo was taken into custody at his automotive repair shop. He was subsequently booked on four charges at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin. However, he is now no longer in custody.
Authorities conducting the searches seized more than one pound of cocaine. A loaded AR-15 rifle with a 30-round extended magazine and two handguns were also recovered as evidence. More than $100,000 in cash and expensive jewelry were recovered as well.
In addition, Gallardo is accused of negligently storing or leaving a loaded firearm in an unsecure location. It was located where a child could gain access to it. Gallardo was arrested on suspicion of –
11351 Possession of a controlled substance for sale
11352(A) Transportation/sales of a narcotic controlled substance
11370.1 (A) Possession of a firearm and controlled substance
25100(C) Criminal storage of a firearm