On November 29th, 2018, at approximately 7:09 A.M. Officers Salyers and Arias were dispatched to a suspicious person asleep inside a vehicle. When they arrived they found 26-year-old Roberto Garcia asleep inside a black Ford Mustang.
As they spoke with Garcia they learned he had a warrant for his arrest issued by the Merced County Superior Court. Garcia was arrested for the warrant.
When Garcia was placed under arrest he told the officers that he had a handgun on his person. During a search, a loaded .45 caliber handgun was recovered from Garcia’s waistband. When the handgun was checked it was learned that it had been recently stolen during a burglary that the Merced County Sheriff’s Department is investigating.
A search of Garcia’s vehicle was conducted. Officers found approximately 20 grams of methamphetamine along with scales and other items to indicate sales.
Garcia was arrested and booked for possession of a loaded firearm and controlled substance, possession of a stolen firearm, possession for sales of a controlled substance, and gang enhancements.
Merced Police are asking anyone with any information regarding this crime to contact The Merced Police Department. The public can send information via anonymous text messages to the police department by dialing “TIP411” (847411) and including the word “Comvip” as the “keyword” in the text message.