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March 13, 2012 > Possession of narcotics and loaded firearms

Possession of narcotics and loaded firearms

Submitted By Officer Qureshi, Milpitas PD

On February 21, 2012 at approximately 12:10 a.m., a Milpitas Police Officer conducted a traffic enforcement stop on a 2001 Honda Accord on the 1200 (B) of South Park Victoria Drive. The vehicle was occupied by Harjeet Singh Bala of San Jose, Amanjeet Singh Gill of San Jose, and Ivette Sanjuan of East Palo Alto. During the stop, the officer detected an odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle. The officer eventually recovered several grams of marijuana from Bala.

Officers investigated further and noticed the wooden handle of a firearm protruding from underneath the driver's seat and located a .357 caliber revolver. Continuing their search of the vehicle, officers located two additional firearms, another loaded .357 caliber revolver and a loaded .22 caliber semi-automatic pistol. The investigation also revealed the occupants had access to several rounds of ammunition and were in possession of oxycodone and hydrocodone.

Officers determined Bala and Gill are convicted felons, prohibited from possessing firearms. Bala was booked into the Santa Clara County Jail for being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition, transporting an illegal substance, and possession of a controlled substance. Gill was booked into the County jail for being felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, and for possession of a firearm with a prior violent felony. Sanjuan was booked into jail for providing a false name to a peace officer.

Anyone with any information regarding this case or other similar incidents is encouraged to call the Milpitas Police Department at (408) 586-2400. Information can be given anonymously by calling (408) 586-2500 or via the Milpitas Police Department website at: http://www.ci.milpitas.ca.gov/government/police/crime_tip.asp

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