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Passenger found with gun, drugs on Hackett Road
Ceres Cop Car

An early Sunday morning exhibition of speed was halted by Ceres Police who found one of the passengers in possession of a handgun as well as 20 controlled pills not issued to him and a small amount of suspected cocaine.

Officer Brian Petersen was patrolling the area of Farris Avenue south of Hackett Road at 12:45 a.m. when he saw two vehicles speeding and pulled over the vehicle traveling the fastest. The vehicle, occupied by four young persons, pulled into a driveway at in the 1900 block of Hackett Road.

Driver Joel Gonzales, 20, of Modesto, was driving on a suspended license and confirmed that Modesto Police issued a misdemeanor warrant for his arrest. Gonzales told police he was "too lazy" to take his test at the DMV. He was booked into the Public Safety Center for the active warrant and driving on a suspended license.

A search of the car's glove box turned up a silver Titan .25 caliber gun with the serial number filed off. The gun did not have any live rounds in the chamber but had six live rounds in the magazine. The gun belonged to the front-seat passenger, a 17-year-old Ceres boy, who was arrested and booked into Juvenile Hall for possession of a controlled substance, possession of controlled substance while armed with a firearm, possession of a firearm, and possession of a firearm with the tampered serial number.

The two females in the car were released after being cleared of wrongdoing.