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Riverside Man with Gang Ties Arrested in Redwood Valley for Possession of Loaded Firearm


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:

Andre Almeraz [Mugshot from the Mendocino County Sheriff Booking Logs]

On 12-11-2020 at 12:22 A.M., Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies were on routine patrol in the area of North State Street and Laughlin Way in Redwood Valley, California. 

The Deputies observed a motorcycle traveling northbound on North State Street and noted traffic violations.  The Deputies activated their emergency lights to initiate a traffic stop; however the motorcycle continued onto Laughlin Way. 

The motorcycle failed to yield and continued to the 9800 block of Laughlin Way at a low rate of speed.  The motorcycle eventually turned down a dirt driveway and shortly thereafter stopped.

The rider was contacted and identified as Andre Almeraz who was detained and a probable cause pat search of Almeraz’s person revealed a loaded handgun; which was not registered to him. 

The Deputies continued their investigation and developed probable cause to believe Almeraz was a member of a criminal street gang while armed with a handgun. 

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Almeraz was arrested for the following charges:  25850(c)(6) PC (Carry Loaded handgun Not Registered Owner), 25850(c)(3) PC (Criminal Street Gang Member Carry Loaded Firearm), 25850(a) PC (Carry Loaded Firearm Person/Vehicle Public Place). 

Almeraz was booked into the Mendocino County Jail where he was to be held in lieu of $15,000.00 bail.

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Matt LaFever
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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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