A 26-year-old Hughson man who admitted to being an active Norteno gang member was arrested in Ceres on Sunday morning for carrying a loaded handgun in the passenger compartment.
The incident unfolded at 7:30 a.m. when Ceres Police Sgt. Travis Hudson stopped an older green Honda Accord for expired registration at Fourth and North streets. Driver Jordan Johnson had a suspended driver's license.
Because Johnson had Norteno gang tattoos, the sergeant asked him to step out of the vehicle for safety reasons. As Johnson was getting ready to exit the car a brown holster was visible under the driver's seat. Hudson drew his handgun and ordered Johnson out of the vehicle. Johnson was detained without incident. He then removed a female passenger and three juveniles in the backseat.
The holster contained a fully loaded 9mm firearm with hollow point ammunition. Johnson said he had the gun for safety reasons while traveling from Los Angeles in case of a breakdown.
He told police the gun was not stolen but would not elaborate on its owner or how he obtained it. The firearm was not registered to a different male living in Stockton. Police there attempted to contact the owner but were unsuccessful.
Johnson had an active misdemeanor warrant for DUI out of Stanislaus County.
Johnson was booked for the warrant, driving on a suspended license as well as two separate felony charges related to possession and transportation of a concealed loaded firearm.