GPD Arrests Four, Finds Narcotics and Firearms

Two rifles and one ounce of methamphetamine located in Burke
Street home
Gilroy – Members of the Anti-Crime Team and the Special Operations Group arrested four individuals on several drug charges and seized firearms and drugs during a high risk raid Friday night.

More than 1 ounce of methamphetamine – valued at about $1,000 – and two rifles were confiscated from 460 Burke St.

Police found that the elderly owner of the home on Burke Street was being taken advantage of by the two men and two women arrested and contacted Adult Protection Services.

According to police, the four individuals were extorting money from the man and frightened him from contacting members of law enforcement.

ACT investigators sought a search warrant after receiving anonymous information about drug deals taking place at the home.

John Chavez Jr., 45, and Silverio Flores Perez, 52, both of 460 Burke St., Judy Grace Salas, 43, of 7160 Church St., and Maria M. Sanchez, 46, of San Jose were arrested for an array of drug charges.

“They all kind of lived there and made themselves at home,” said ACT Investigator Joseph Deras. “We were watching that house and when I say (activity) was constant, I mean constant. Cars coming and going. At one point, the day before (the raid) there were five bikes parked out front.”

The suspects were believed to have firearms and three pit bulls trained to bite, which elevated the risk factor of the operation.

“We were concerned about the guns,” Deras said. “We didn’t want to have a shoot out with them.”

The house is located at the end of cul-de-sac in a dense residential area.

“We were anticipating them seeing us,” Deras explained. “We were just able to get in there and make a pretty stealth approach.”

Members of ACT and SWAT raided the home about 7:45pm and found numerous packages of methamphetamine ready for sale in the garage where Chavez was living.

The four were arrested without incident. The dogs were chained in the backyard and not a threat to officers.

“Nobody saw us coming until we were inside,” Deras explained.

Sanchez was arrested on suspicion of violating parole and possession of narcotics and drug paraphernalia. Chavez was arrested on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine for sale; Perez and Salas were arrested on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

“This is one of several of these types of (incidents) that ACT is investigating,” Deras said. “This is why we encourage neighbors to call us.”

Anyone with information about this case are urged to contact Investigator Espinoza at 846-0384. To remain anonymous call 846-0348.

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