A routine traffic stop resulted in a man’s arrest on drug and weapons charges in Watsonville Wednesday afternoon.
According to the Santa Cruz County Anti-Crime Team, members of the county’s Gang Task Force pulled over a vehicle driven by Adan Nunez-Torres near the intersection of Green Valley and Celia roads at about 3:15 p.m. Authorities determined that Torres was driving without a license and arrested him, but a search of the vehicle turned up crystal methamphetamine. Police added a charge of transporting a controlled substance to Torres’ record and turned the case over to the anti-crime team.
Authorities obtained a search warrant for Torres’ Watsonville home where they believed their suspect was hiding more drugs. Just hours after Torres’ arrest, local and federal agents searched the home and located about 1.5 pounds of crystal methamphetamine, cutting agents, packing materials, a digital scale, a loaded handgun and another handgun that had been reported stolen. Agents also found about $3,000 in cash. The street value of the confiscated drugs is estimated to be more than $70,000.
Torres was booked into Santa Cruz County Jail and Homeland Security Investigations, which aided in the search of the residence, has placed Torres on an immigration hold.
Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the Santa Cruz County Anti-Crime Team at (831) 454-2320.