Johnny Ramirez of Santa Paula, a documented member of an area based tagging crew, was arrested Friday for allegedly carrying a loaded weapon and other charges.

Vehicle stop leads to arrest
on weapon, other charges

January 23, 2015
Santa Paula News

A stopped Lincoln Navigator was the first step in the process that landed a documented member of a Santa Paula-based tagging crew in jail on various charges including allegedly being armed with a loaded handgun.

The incident, according to Santa Paula Police, occurred Friday, January 16 at 8:49 p.m. when the SPPD Gang Unit initiated a traffic stop in the 100 block of North 10th Street.

The driver of the black Lincoln Navigator and sole occupant was found to be Johnny Ramirez, of Santa Paula, who officers found to be on active Ventura County probation with full search terms.

Such search terms are commonly imposed during sentencing and are normally applied to gang members.

When officers searched Ramirez they found a loaded concealed firearm inside the waistband of his trousers.

He was placed under arrest and although a search of his vehicle was also conducted officers did not locate additional illegal contraband.

According to a statement from the SPPD, “Ramirez is a documented member of a Santa Paula-based tagging crew.”

Ramirez was arrested for suspicion of felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm with prior felony conviction, carrying a loaded firearm with prior felony, carrying a loaded firearm by a known gang member, owning/possessing live ammunition and participating in a criminal street gang.

Ramirez was transported to Ventura County Jail.

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