This week began with an unusual traffic stop for The Milpitas Police Department…

It was Sunday, March 3, 2019, at two o’clock in the morning (still “Saturday night” for many). On McCarthy Boulevard’s 500 block, a car committed a traffic violation.

When MPD officers pulled the vehicle over, they encountered one Jorge Antonio Vasquez (18) and two other young men (both 17). All three individuals were from San Jose. Emitting from the car was the scent of marijuana.

And marijuana was also visible…in plant form, on Vasquez’s clothes.

That wasn’t all, though. The incident had more in store than a traffic violation on the part of three marijuana-using teenagers.

In the car, under the front passenger seat, police found a loaded gun. A Smith and Wesson Model 469, 9mm caliber pistol.

The discoveries did not end there…

Near the gun was a black ski mask…along with leather gloves.

Vasquez got arrested and put in Santa Clara County Main Jail. The charges: Possession of a Concealed Firearm, Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor. The 17-year-olds, being juveniles, got cited for Possession of a Concealed Firearm, then sent home with their parents.

Note: Possessing and using marijuana are now legal in California. Driving while under the influence of it is not (though that charge did not pertain here).

Anyone with more info can call the MPD (408-586-2400) or its anonymous Crime Tip Hotline (408-586-2500), or write in through the Police Department’s website:

Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro is a writer and filmmaker. He is the author of six critically acclaimed fiction books, among them the novella "It's Only Temporary" (2005), which appeared on Nightmare Magazine's list of the Top 100 Horror Books, and numerous short stories published in anthologies alongside work by H.P. Lovecraft, Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, Chuck Palahniuk, and many others. His nonfiction articles have been published on The Daily Dot, Ravishly, and The Good Men Project. His first feature film, "Rule of 3" (2010), won awards at the Fantasia International Film Festival and Shriekfest, and had its U.S. premiere at Fantastic Fest. His second feature film, "Living Things" (2014), was endorsed by PETA (People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals) and distributed by Cinema Libre Studio. In 2015, he won the 19th Annual Fade In Award for Thriller Screenplays. He was a founding partner of Ghostwriters Central, a writing and editing firm which received positive notices from The Wall Street Journal, Consumers Digest, and the TV program "Intelligence For Your Life." Eric has edited works published on The Huffington Post and Forbes, as well as two Bram Stoker Award-nominated novels.

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