Police Blotter: Raid Nets Guns, Meth

The following arrest information was provided by the county's Gang Task Force and the Watsonville Police Department. It does not indicate a conviction.

The county's Gang Task Force raided a rural Watsonville home on Friday morning, arresting a man suspected of selling methamphatamine and domestic violence, authorities reported.

Emilio Padilla, 32, was jailed for a long list of charges after agents served a search warrant at his home, on the 100 block of Larkin Valley Road, around 8:30 a.m., according to Cmdr. Mario Sulay of the gang task force.

There was a $100,000 arrest warrant for Padilla, issued Monday for a domestic violence case, according to Sulay. The judge also OK'd a search warrant, which was served Friday.

Agents reportedly found 2.9 grams of methamphetamine, a loaded .45-caliber pistol, firearm ammunition of various calibers and a realistic-looking replica rifle. Padilla is prohibited from possessing firearms and firearm ammunition because of a prior felony conviction, Sulay reported.

Padilla was jailed on suspicion of domestic violence, possession of methamphetamine for sale, felon in possession of a firearm, felon in possession of ammunition and being armed with a firearm while in possession of methamphetamine.

Watsonville Police Log, Friday, Dec. 16

2:04 a.m.—Officers called to a disturbance arrested a man fleeing the scene who allegedly was driving drunk. The 20-year-old was arrested on the 100 block of Riverside Drive for DUI and driving without a license.

Thursday, Dec. 15

4:30 p.m.—A teenage boy was arrested for a felony warrant on the 400 block of Holohan Road.

6:23 p.m.—A 33-year-old man was arrested for shoplifting on the 1400 block of Main Street. He allegedly stole a Leatherman tool from Target.

6:48 p.m.—Teenagers got in a fight in front of 7-Eleven on the 200 block of East Beach Street. One boy was arrested for battery.

7:24 p.m.—A 28-year-old man was arrested for DUI and hit and run when he allegedly tried to flee a traffic accident on East Lake and Tuttle avenues. He also didn't have a driver's license.

8:12 p.m.—A 43-year-old woman allegedly shoplifted from Kmart on Freedom Boulevard.

9:50 p.m.—A 20-year-old man was arrested for having drugs without a prescription on the 500 block of Airport Boulevard.


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