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May 28, 2024

Deputies find loaded handgun on traffic stop

The San Benito County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 33-year-old Hollister man on suspicion of carrying a loaded, concealed handgun.

According to a statement from the sheriff’s office:

On Sept. 18 at approximately 2:20 p.m., Leonardo DeLaRosa was contacted during a traffic enforcement stop on Karen Court at Westside Boulevard in Hollister. DeLaRosa was found to be driving on a suspended driver license and had a confirmed warrant for his arrest out of San Benito County.

During a vehicle inventory search, Deputy Leist and Deputy Hutchison located a red bandana in the center console between the driver and passenger seat. Deputy Hutchison un-wrapped the bandana and found it contained a loaded, semi-automatic handgun (.22 cal). The magazine had seven rounds inside. Also located inside the vehicle were a glass narcotics smoking pipe and a box of ammunition. The box contained an extra 30 bullets for the firearm.

DeLaRosa was arrested without incident and was transported and booked into the county jail on the listed charges.

25850(a) PC Carry Loaded Firearm
14601.1 VC Drive with a Suspended License
11364 H&S Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Misdemeanor Warrant

Anybody with information on this case is urged to contact the San Benito County Sheriff’s Office at (831) 636-4080.

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