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Suspected gang member, drug dealer with loaded gun arrested in Napa traffic stop

Suspected gang member, drug dealer with loaded gun arrested in Napa traffic stop

Suspected gang member, drug dealer with loaded gun arrested in Napa traffic stop

A 19-year-old transient from San Diego was arrested after allegedly being caught with a loaded .38 Special revolver and drugs packaged for sale during a traffic stop in Napa on Wednesday afternoon, according to Napa Police.

Police said on Facebook that Donovan Jordan Escalera “lied about his name, had gang paraphernalia, a loaded gun, ammunition, heroin, meth, marijuana, meth pipes, and items used to sell them.”

Escalera was contacted after the vehicle he was riding in was stopped for a vehicle code violation. Officers could smell marijuana coming from the vehicle and Escalera, who was a passenger, admitted that he and the driver were in the process of rolling a blunt when they were pulled over, police said.

Escalera showed the officers loose marijuana on a tray. He then provided a false name to officers and was placed under arrest, according to police.

Police said that a loaded .38 Special revolver was found in Escalera’s waistband.

Methamphetamine, marijuana, heroin, meth pipes, digital scales and .22 ammunition were also located during a search of Escalera and the vehicle.

Escalera is suspected of having ties the Sureno gang. Police said that he was wearing a blue shirt, blue shoes, had a blue bandana on him and, inside his backpack, was a notepad with Sureno gang related writing on it.

Escalera was arrested and booked at the Napa County jail on suspicion of being in possession of narcotics for sale, carrying a loaded firearm in a vehicle, being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm, being in possession of narcotics while in possession of a loaded weapon, providing false identification to a police officer, and possessing an open container of cannabis while in a vehicle.

Bail was set at $100,000.

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Maria Sestito is the former Napa Valley Register public safety reporter. She now writes for the Register as a freelancer.

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