A Boyes Hot Springs man engaged in what officers described as a likely drug deal was arrested Saturday evening in Sonoma’s Larson Park after a bag of meth and a loaded 9mm pistol were found in his car.
Humberto Gutierrez Lopez, 41, was charged with possession of a controlled substance for sale, possession of a controlled substance while armed, and carrying a loaded firearm. His bail was set at $35,000.
Patrols of Larson Park have been increased recently due to gang related disturbances and arrests in the area. It was during one of these security checks that the alleged buyer, Pedro Gonzalez Pulido, 41, was spotted at about 7 p.m.
A Sheriff’s Deputy saw a man leaning through the window of a parked car. The officer stopped his patrol car far behind the vehicle and noted it had expired registration, according to a Sheriff’s Department report.
The man inside the car appeared to be trying to conceal something in his hand, and both men were acting suspiciously, stated Sgt. Cecille Focha. Pulido was hiding a “tiny white bundle” between his fingers.
When asked to get out of his car, Lopez dropped a white bag on the ground. A search of the vehicle uncovered additional baggies of drugs and a digital scale two active cell phones and, under the driver’s seat, a loaded 9mm pistol, the report said.