Felon arrested in Monterey on suspicion of weapons and drug violations

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MONTEREY — A Freedom man was arrested Wednesday in Monterey on suspicion of a being felon carrying a loaded handgun and several drug charges.

Rodrigo Marquez, 41, was stopped by Monterey police at about 12:35 a.m. Wednesday at North Fremont Street and Camino Aguajito for a traffic violation and was unable to produce a valid driver’s license, police said.

Officers discovered he was on a post-release community supervision order, which requires an offender to be monitored following imprisonment. Marquez had a prior conviction of narcotics for sale. Under terms of the post-release supervision order, Marquez was required to submit to a vehicle search, police said.

Officers searched Marquez’s vehicle and located a methamphetamine pipe, a digital scale, plastic bags, approximately 24.59 grams of methamphetamine and a loaded Bersa Thunder .380 handgun, police allege.

Marquez was arrested on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a gun, possession of a concealed firearm inside of a vehicle, possession of loaded and operable firearm while in possession of a controlled substance, felon in possession of firearm ammunition, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of a controlled substance for sale.

He was booked into Monterey County Jail and bail was set at $45,000.

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