Cocaine, loaded handgun, AR-15 rifle seized in Santa Rosa traffic stop

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One person is in custody after police discovered suspected cocaine, a loaded handgun, and an AR-15 rifle in a routine traffic stop. 

According to the Santa Rosa Police Department, the stop was made Tuesday morning when an SRPD officer stopped a Toyota Corolla after seeing it drive at high speed. 

The officer conducted a traffic stop for a vehicle code violation of traveling above the speed limit when he noticed loose marijuana buds, a freshly burnt marijuana smell, and a large glass bong. 

After searching the vehicle, the officer found a small amount of cocaine and a loaded 9mm handgun. Police say further search revealed an unloaded AR-15 style rifle in the vehicle’s trunk. 

One of the vehicle’s passengers, 20-year-old Angel Garcia, was arrested and booked into jail. 

Garcia was charged with the following: 

  • Occupant carrying concealed weapon in vehicle
  • Possession of an assault weapon
  • Possession of unregistered firearm
  • Possession of a controlled substance
  • Possession of narcotics while armed with a firearm

According to police, no charges were filed for the other two occupants, and they were released. 


Charlene is a Bay Area journalist who hails from the small community of Fresno. Drawing from her experience writing for her college paper, Charlene continues to advocate for free press and local journalism. She also volunteers in all the beach cleanups she can because she loves the water.