WATSONVILLE — Four people were arrested in Watsonville starting Thursday and spilling into the weekend following a two-week investigation. Watsonville Police said the majority of the guns were recovered following an investigation into the manufacturing of automatic weapons.
Starting on Thursday on Eucalyptus Drive, officers and deputies discovered seven firearms, all illegally possessed, and a bulletproof vest and ammunition.
Manuel Cruz, 19, was arrested on numerous weapons charges. Among the weapons haul, police found an unregistered, automatic AK-47 assault rifle.
Meanwhile at the Green Valley Cinema parking lot on South Green Valley Road a few hours later, police investigated a group of loiterers. That’s when Robert Bengard, 19, reportedly hurled a gun behind a dumpster. Police took him into custody and then located the loaded automatic Glock handgun. After being arrested, Bengard was booked into Santa Cruz County Jail for possession of a loaded machine gun.
On Saturday, a simple traffic stop led police to a drug and weapon bust near Riverside Drive and Main Street. Marco Sanchez, the driver of the car, reportedly had two narcotics charges warrants in Santa Clara County.
Watsonville Police took him into custody and as they searched his car they found a handgun, a replica of a gun, and meth, heroin, cocaine and a scale inside a backpack. His passenger, Lizette Reynoso, is also facing charges for possession of a firearm and possession of narcotics for sale.