The Merced Police Department’s Gang Violence Suppression Unit reported several arrests in recent days for alleged weapon violations.
The most recent arrests were reported just after 11 p.m. Saturday at a Barbados Court residence, according to a Merced police news release.
Officers conducted a probation/parole search on the residence and contacted several gang members inside the home.
During the search of the residence, Officer Ramon Ruiz located a loaded 9 mm handgun with a laser sight, the release said.
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Officers arrested suspects Jake Lebeaux, 26; Serena Mays, 32; Jermaine Ewing, 35; Fredrick Mays, 27; Ismael Brewer, 34; Daniel Johnson, 23; and Anthony Cooper, 37, on suspicion of possession of a firearm, possession of ammunition, probation violation and gang enhancements.
The other case was reported around 7:50 p.m. Friday in the 2600 block of Atwater Boulevard near Atwater.
The Merced Police Gang Violence Suppression Unit and Merced County Gang Task Force served a search warrant on a residence, and officers contacted Frankie Lucio Jr., 28. After serving the warrant, officers found a shotgun and ammunition. Lucio was arrested on suspicion of possession of a weapon.
Police are asking anyone with information about the cases to call Sgt. Joe Weiss at (209) 385-4754 or the department’s automated tip line at (209) 385-4725. Tips are kept confidential and callers can remain anonymous.