Suspected gang member caught with gun, drugs

Deputies searched the suspect’s vehicle after a brief chase and found narcotics and a small caliber handgun, authorities said. Photo by LUIS MEZA.

LANCASTER – An alleged gang member was arrested after he sped away from deputies, crashed into a tree and then tried to run away, authorities said.

The incident happened shortly before 4 p.m. Tuesday (Aug. 28) when deputies attempted to stop Heriberto  Sanchez, 26, in the area of Challenger Way, just north of Avenue J, according to Lancaster Community Relations deputy Michael Rust.

Rust said Sanchez was stopped by an Operation Safe Streets gang detective for numerous vehicle code violations.

“As the detective approached the car, he saw that the driver was holding a baggie of marijuana,” Rust said. “Before he could talk to the driver, the driver speeds off.”

These items were found in Heriberto Sanchez’ possession, authorities said.

Sanchez drove into a nearby neighborhood as the detective put the call out on the sheriff’s radio, Rust said.

Deputies in the area canvassed the neighborhood and soon found Sanchez’ car in the 1100 Block of Caperton Street, Rust said.

“The car had crashed into a tree, and the suspect was climbing out of the car and running,” Rust said, adding that Sanchez was quickly captured a short distance away.

“They searched the vehicle and found narcotics and a small caliber handgun inside the car,” Rust said. “It looks like methamphetamine and a little bit of weed.”

Sanchez was arrested for weapons, narcotics and traffic violations, Rust said.

He remains jailed on $145,000 bail and is due in court on Thursday (Aug. 30).

Arrest location.

  7 comments for “Suspected gang member caught with gun, drugs

  1. Robert Brady
    September 4, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    I somehow now know that when I see a tragic headlining story on this website, and I browse to the comments section, I will see ACE, D. Fife or (what about Bob) making non-contributing comments. I just tested this theory with this story. Wasn’t disappointed.

  2. George Bush Jr.
    September 3, 2012 at 12:22 am

    People are talking like the AV has always been Beverly Hills. Lol.
    Its a desert hole with few real industries and heavily reliant on multinational defense industries. Usually, military towns are stink holes.
    Too many people in AV and not enough industry to support the needs.
    That’s why people commute.

  3. Concered
    August 30, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    Where is “Ace” claiming it was a set up by LASD just to make some media headlines?

  4. Aaron P
    August 29, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    WOW I am surprised that nothing was mentioned about LEAPS. Our fine deputies were again able to capture the suspect without the help of the money pit in the sky.

  5. FUNNY
    August 29, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Just shoot him no bail

    • D. Fife
      August 29, 2012 at 8:52 pm

      Agree, Funny, but I’d shoot him 3 times. “A job worth doing is worth overdoing”

  6. Javier
    August 29, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Bail is always set too low for these armed and dangerous methamphetamine fueled maniac’s who have no reservations for jeopardizing human lives as they try to elude capture.

    Also it would be a good idea to post their booking photo so that if they do make bail and we see them in public we can take precautionary measures to protect ourselves and our families.

    These monsters have no place on the streets of the Antelope Valley.

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