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May 25, 2024

Police find loaded gun, meth on traffic stop

The Hollister Police Department arrested two men for possession of a firearm and drugs, according to a statement released Tuesday.

According to the HPD statement:

On Aug. 24 at about 10:49 p.m., Officer Pedro Torres was on patrol in the area of Highway 25 when he made a car stop on a vehicle. He contacted the driver, Daniel Zavala Lopez, 33, and passenger Joshua Ray Gutierrez, 24, from Hollister.

Officer Torres discovered Zavala is currently on parole. A search of the vehicle was conducted pursuant to his parole terms.

Torres discovered a loaded handgun in the vehicle accessible to both the driver and passenger. The gun was loaded. Drugs (suspected methamphetamine) were found on one of the men as he was being booked into the county jail.

Lopez was arrested and booked on the charges of a felon in possession of a firearm, carrying a loaded firearm in a public place, felon in possession of ammunition, carrying a firearm while not being the registered owner and violation of parole. Gutierrez was arrested and booked on the charges of carrying a loaded firearm in public, carrying a firearm while not being the registered owner, possession of a controlled substance while armed and bringing a controlled substance into jail.

Anyone with information regarding these investigations is requested to contact Officer Pedro Torres at 831-636-4330. Persons wishing to remain anonymous may call WeTip at (800) 78-CRIME. Information provided to WeTip may qualify for a reward.