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Nuestra Familia Prison Gang Member Busted

Watsonville police teamed with the county's Anti-Crime Team and Gang Task Force to catch the armed parolee-at-large Tuesday morning.

An armed, wanted Nuestra Familia prison gang member was tracked down and arrested by a trifecta of local law enforcement agencies on Tuesday morning, Watsonville police reported.

Albert Martinez, 35, was riding in a red Cadillac driven by Salina Tavera around 10:30 a.m. when officers tried to pull them over. Rather, Tavera sped away and led police on a 2.1-mile chase from Main Street and Holm Road to Holly Drive and Sunny Hills, police reported.

Martinez, a Watsonville resident, hadn't reported to his parole agent. That prompted a surveillance operation by the police department's Gang Unit, the Santa Cruz County Anti-Crime Team and the Santa Cruz County Gang Task Force.

When officers searched the Cadillac, they reportedly found a handgun that had been stolen from Hollister home in April.

Martinez was arrested on suspicion of violating his parole, being a felon in possession of a firearm, gang participatin and possessing stolen property. Tavera, a 19-year-old Watsonville woman, was jailed on suspicion of evading police.

Police told the Register-Pajaronian newspaper that Martinez is a "high-ranking member of the Nuestra Familia prison gang." The gun, the newspaper reported, was a loaded .357-caliber revolver.

Pink Martinez May 26, 2011 at 03:36 AM
This happens to be my cousin and I really think that people who have never made mistakes have every right to ask why let him out! But given that people who live in glass houses should not throw stones, I respectively ask not to speak down on him, not knowing him or his reason for being the way he is. We all make mistakes and deserve chance after chance until we no longer have that option. He really has a hug heart and is a great guy he just was not given the right skills to living outside prison. So please do not judge him, his family is already hurting for him!
Sandra August 13, 2011 at 05:34 PM
He was let out because that is the way the legal system works. HELLO... He did his time and was let out to try and give himself a chance back into society. When prisoners have no rehab how to live back in society and with all due respect not all families can understand totally what he has gone through in prison... Let's use common sense before judging the person. Remember he is still a human being regardless of past behavior. If he breaks the law then he knows the path he has to take.
Sandra August 13, 2011 at 05:39 PM
We in society cannot change what happen to him. Sorry for you loss in your family. What we need to do is stop the younger generations from joining in his footsteps. Let's stop gangs from forming period. That is the positive direction to take from here on out. He will have be the example not to go in his footsteps so people like his family will no longer have their HEARTS suffering. Let's stop gangs period.
Adrian December 06, 2012 at 05:01 AM
Fumigate that cocaroach and live that low life in prison
debra January 09, 2013 at 05:54 AM
You people are to much.you believe every thing you read hear.why all the name calling cocaroach your self your no better then the next.only god is perfect.besides you don't know this man or how he really is so you all need to stop with all your bull shit and find something to do with your time and look in your back yard cause i think you need to fumigate.

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