A Ceres teenager was arrested on Tuesday, Nov. 1 after he tried running from his car which was pulled over and found with marijuana and a loaded gun.
Arnold Bueno-Diaz, 19, of Ceres, told police that he is a Norteno street gang member. A records check revealed that Bueno-Diaz had a previous conviction for felony burglary.
Ceres Police Department spokesman Lt. Chris Perry said that at 4:28 p.m. Officer Eric Gallegos stopped the suspect's grey BMW on Whitmore and Rose avenues for not having a front license plate. Officer Gallegos smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the interior. Bueno-Diaz said he had smoked marijuana and admitted there was marijuana near the driver door.
Gallegos searched the driver for weapons but when the vehicle was searched, a pistol was seen on the driver side floor board. Bueno-Diaz took off running northbound towards Whitmore Avenue, then jumped the backyard fence of 2735 E. Whitmore Ave. Officer Ortiz mounted his police motorcycle and gave chase and located Bueno-Diaz on Charlotte Avenue where he was arrested.
The firearm was a Stalker M-906 .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun and loaded with a magazine. Officer Gallegos also located 4.3 grams of marijuana in a bottle in the map pocket of the driver door.
Bueno-Diaz was booked into the County Jail on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of a concealed firearm in a vehicle, possession of a loaded firearm, a felon addicted to narcotics, and resisting arrest.