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Ventura County Sheriff's Office
Monday March 25th, 2019 :: 11:50 a.m. PDT


News Story - Firearms Arrest

Nature of Incident: Gang Member Arrested For Possessing a Firearm Report Number: 19-45076 Location: Tierra Rejada Road @ State Route 23, Moorpark, CA Date & Time: 03/24/2019 @ 5:12PM Unit(s) Responsible: City of Moorpark Patrol (S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age (S) Nicholas Lerma Moorpark 20 Narrative: On March 24, 2019, at about 1712 hours, a traffic stop was conducted by the Moorpark Police Department on a 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe on Tierra Rejada Road, near State Route 23, for vehicle equipment violations. At the time of the traffic stop, the deputy identified the driver as Nicholas Lerma, a known and documented gang member residing in the City of Moorpark. Lerma displayed signs and symptoms of being under the influence of one or more controlled substances. During the course of the investigation, a search of Lerma’s vehicle revealed a loaded silver handgun concealed in a trunk compartment of the vehicle. Lerma was arrested for California Health and Safety Code 11550(e) – Under The Influence With a Firearm; California Penal Code 25400(a)(1) – Carry a Concealed Firearm Within a Vehicle; California Penal Code 25850(c)(6) – Carry a Loaded Unregistered Firearm and California Penal Code Section 186.22(a) – Participation in a Criminal Street Gang. Lerma was booked into the East Valley Jail where he is currently being held in lieu of $200,000.00 bail. His court date is pending. Prepared by: Sergeant William Hutton #3438 News Release Date: 03/25/2019 Media Follow-Up Contact: Sergeant William Hutton (805) 532-1634 [email protected] Approved by: Captain Victor Fazio

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