Thursday, December 7, 2023

Suspected Gang Members Arrested for Firearm Possession and Delinquency of a Minor


The following is a press released from Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:

Dreven Dawson-Valencia (Left) Danny Dominguez-Barrera (Right) [Picture from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Booking Logs]

On 11-07-2020 at 8:20 P.M. Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to several subjects causing a disturbance in the 100 block of Laws Avenue in Ukiah, California.

On arrival, the Deputies observed a black sedan occupied by several subjects parked in a parking lot. 

The Deputies contacted the occupants and observed the odor of alcohol and marijuana emitting from the vehicle and occupants.  The Deputies were familiar with the vehicle’s occupants from previous law enforcement encounters.

The Deputies observed the occupants were dressed in suspected gang attire and were familiar with Danny Dominguez-Barrera and Dreven Dawson-Valencia and suspected them to be members of a criminal street gang.  

A third occupant was a 16 year-old male juvenile.

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The Deputies developed probable cause to search the vehicle and it’s occupants. 

The Deputies searched Dominguez-Barrera and located a loaded handgun in his clothing.  The loaded handgun was not registered to Dominguez-Barrera and he was suspected of being a criminal street gang member while armed. 

The Deputies located alcohol and marijuana inside the vehicle. 

The 16 year-old male juvenile was suspected of being intoxicated to the point he could not care for himself or others. 

Dawson-Valencia was over 21 years of age and the Deputies suspected him of supplying the male juvenile with the alcohol and marijuana. 

Through their investigation the Deputies developed probable cause to believe Dawson-Valencia was in violation of 272(a)(1) PC (Misdemeanor Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor). 

Dominguez-Barrera committed a violation of 25850(c)(3) PC (Felony Criminal Street Gang Member Carry Loaded Firearm), 25850(c)(6) PC (Felony Carry Loaded Handgun Not Registered Owner),  25850(A) PC (Felony Carry Loaded Firearm In Public Under Specific Circumstances). 

Dominguez-Barrera was booked into the Mendocino County Jail where he was held in lieu of zero bail. 

Dawson-Valencia was booked into the Mendocino County Jail where he was held in lieu of zero bail.

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In accordance with the COVID-19 emergency order issued by the State of California Judicial Council, bail was set at zero dollars for Dominguez-Barrera and Dawson-Valencia and they were released after the jail booking process.

Please visit the following link to hear Sheriff Matthew C. Kendall provide a Public Safety Message on the current COVID-19 emergency order related to zero bail:

The male juvenile was cited to appear in juvenile court.

Another juvenile associated with the suspects was transported home and released to a parent without charges. 

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Matt LaFever
Matt LaFeverhttps://mendofever.com/
I like to think of myself as a reporter for the Average Joe. Journalism has become a craft defined largely by city dwellers on America's coasts. It’s time to take it back. I have been an Emerald Triangle resident since 2006 and this is year ten in Mendocino County. Please, email me at matthewplafever@gmail.com if you know a story that needs to be told.

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