A known Fresno gang member was arrested Saturday night in central Fresno by officers from Fresno County’s Multi-agency Gang Enforcement Consortium (MAGEC) for possessing a loaded firearm and drugs for sale while driving a car with three children.
Sgt. Paul Cervantes of MAGEC said 31-year-old Gilbert Criado, a Bulldog gang member, was stopped around 6:30 p.m. during a traffic stop at First Street and Gettysburg Avenue for a minor traffic violation. Officers searched Criado’s car as he was on post release community supervision for narcotics possession.
Cervantes said officers found a loaded .38 caliber revolver under the driver’s seat along with nearly an ounce of crystal methamphetamine for sale. Criado’s three children, ages 7, 8 and 9 were also in the vehicle.
Criado was booked into the Fresno County Jail for a variety of weapon and narcotics charges including child endangerment. The children were released to their biological mother. Detectives are attempting to determine if the firearm was stolen.
Cervantes said that this was the anti-gang unit’s 25th firearm recovery in the last four weeks in nine separate investigations. A total of 235 firearms have been recovered to date. In contrast, only 165 firearms were recovered in 2014.
If you have any information on this case, please call Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-STOP (7687).