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Student detained in California criminal justice class

A 19-year-old Watsonville man was arrested by Santa Cruz County Sheriff's detectives while attending a criminal justice class at Cabrillo College the morning of Dec. 3. He is accused of being a drug dealer.

Earlier that day, authorities executed a search warrant at the suspect's residence on the 700 block of Green Valley Road. They were investigating a neighbor's complaint on Nov. 24 that he had brandished a gun. Detectives discovered a loaded semi-automatic handgun, a loaded .357 revolver, $4,500 in cash and over a half pound of suspected methamphetamine.

The suspect was not at home when the search of his residence took place, but deputies were able to locate him at Cabrillo College in Aptos around 11 a.m. A representative with the sheriff's office said he appeared upset to be taken into custody in front of his classmates.

The suspect was processed at Santa Cruz County Jail and charged with possession of a controlled substance for sale, possession of a loaded firearm and possession of methamphetamine with a loaded firearm. He is being held on $50,000 bail.

In California, anyone who receives a felony criminal conviction could face substantial jail time, large fines and the loss of some career opportunities. A defendant accused of felony drug crimes may wish to hire a criminal defense attorney to protect his or her interests in court. If authorities violated proper procedure when searching a defendant's property, it may be possible for the charges to be reduced or dismissed. An attorney may also be able to negotiate a reduction in charges if a defendant has no prior criminal record.

Source: KSBW, "Cabrillo College student arrested in criminal justice class", Amy Larson, December 04, 2014

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