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CrimeRoutine Milpitas Traffic Stop Takes A Curve...

Routine Milpitas Traffic Stop Takes A Curve…

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: http://www.ci.milpitas.ca.gov/crimetip

Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro is a writer & filmmaker. As a screenwriter, he’s won a Fade In Award and written numerous feature films in development by companies including WWE, Mandalay Sports Media, Game1, and Select Films. He is also the resident script doctor for Rebel Six Films (producers of A&E’s “Hoarders”). As a journalist, Eric’s won a California Journalism Award and is co-owner and editor of The Milpitas Beat, a Silicon Valley newspaper with tens of thousands of monthly readers that has won the Golden Quill Award as well as the John Swett Award for Media Excellence. As a filmmaker, Eric’s directed award-winning feature films that have premiered at the Fantasia Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, and Shriekfest, and been endorsed by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). Eric’s apocalyptic novella “It’s Only Temporary” appears next to Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” on Nightmare Magazine’s list of the 100 Best Horror Novels of All Time. He lives in Northern California with his wife, Rhoda, and their two sons.


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