Teen gang member arrested on weapons, gang allegations in Visalia

A teenage gang member was arrested March 12 in Visalia on suspicion of weapons and gang offenses, Visalia police said.

Samuel Cerda, 19, was arrested after police responded to a gathering of gang members in the 300 block of West Sweet Avenue around 5:40 p.m., Visalia police said. Officers saw several people fleeing into the backyard.

During their investigation, officers found a loaded handgun and traced ownership of the weapon to Cerda, Visalia police said.

He was booked into the Tulare County Adult Pre-Trial Facility for weapons and gang allegations.

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