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Gang member arrested after traffic stop

On March 7, a 33-year-old California man was arrested after a traffic stop resulted in police finding weapons, tactical gear and drugs in his home. The incident occurred at approximately 5:40 p.m. in Fresno.

According to authorities, a Fresno police officer pulled over the suspect for a traffic violation and discovered that he was a documented member of the Laos Bloods gang who was out on probation. The officer requested help from the Southeast Violent Crime Impact Team, which went to the suspect's home and conducted a search. Authorities said his residence is open to search and seizure because he is on probation. The search turned up a semi-automatic handgun, a semi-automatic rifle, law enforcement-style tactical gear, gang items, 38 marijuana plants and drug paraphernalia.

The guns were not registered to the suspect, and he had no California license to grow marijuana. He was arrested and charged with several felonies, including firearm and drug charges. He was placed in the Fresno County Jail.

No matter what a defendant's background, he or she still has the right to a vigorous defense in court. People who are facing felony drug charges may be able to help their situation by retaining a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. An attorney could help protect a client's rights during police questioning. Legal counsel could also question the constitutionality of the search that resulted in the seizure of the drugs. If there was no probable cause, it could possibly result in the evidence being deemed inadmissible.

Source: ABC 11, "BLOODS GANG MEMBER ARRESTED AFTER FRESNO TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO GUN, DRUG BUST," March 8, 2016

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