Three teenagers were arrested Saturday night in Merced on firearm possession and other charges, police reported.
Officers Ramon Ruiz and Jeremy Salyers of the department's Gang Violence Suppression Unit were patrolling the area of West 11th and K streets just before 10 p.m. when they saw the teens walking in the area, according to Sgt. Christopher Goodwin.
The officers recognized the teens from prior contacts and knew two of them were on probation. Police spoke with the teens and searched them for weapons. Prior to the search, one of the suspects, who is 16 years old, told the officers he had a gun in his waistband.
The oldest of the trio, 19-year-old Johnell Mackey, was arrested and booked at Merced County Jail on suspicion of possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and participation in a criminal street gang.
The 16-year-old boy who had the firearm was booked at juvenile hall on suspicion of possession of a concealed firearm, possession of a firearm by an active gang member, being a minor in possession of a firearm and ammunition, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, participation in a criminal street gang and committing a crime for the benefit of a criminal street gang, according to police.
The other male, also 16, was arrested and booked at juvenile hall on suspicion of possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and participation in a criminal street gang.