On 03/30/16 the Merced Police Department Gang Violence Suppression Unit assisted by the Merced Area Gang/Narcotic Enforcement Team continued their efforts to remove guns from gang members throughout the Merced Area.

In the first incident GVSU Officer’s Pinnegar and Salyers followed up on a tip that convicted felon Justin Brazil was in possession of a sawed-off shotgun. Officer’s went to his residence in the 300 block of Brookdale Drive. A search of the residence revealed a 12 gauge sawed-off shotgun. Brazil was not home and officers are currently searching for him.

In the second incident Officer Salyers received information on a residence in the Beachwood area that may have numerous guns. Officer Salyers wrote a search warrant for the location and served it with the assistance of MAGNET. As Officer’s and Agents approached the residence a 15 year old male juvenile ran out of the back door of the residence. He was quickly apprehended and it was determined he was wanted for a Forcible Rape investigation being conducted by the Merced Police Department Major Crimes Division.

Located in the residence was Nathaniel Munguia a documented gang member. During the search of his residence Officer’s found a .223 AR-15 rifle with a scope, a .22 caliber bolt action rifle and two .380 caliber handguns. Officer’s also located ammo, holsters and other gun magazines in a large military duffle bag. Officers are working to determine if these guns are stolen.

Munguia was taken to the Merced County Jail and booked for being a felon in possession of guns and ammo as well as gang enhancements.

So far this year the GVSU and MAGNET have seized nearly 55 illegally possessed guns by gang members.

If you have any information regarding these two cases # 2016-14933 and 2016-14950, please contact Sgt. Brian Rodriguez of the Merced Police Department/GVSU at (209) 385-6905.