Suspected gang member arrested after guns, ammunition found at Merced home, police say

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A suspected gang member has been arrested after officers found guns and ammunition at a home, according to authorities.

About 5:30 p.m. Saturday, officers with the Merced Police Department Gang Unit served a search warrant at a residence in the 1600 block of Primrose Avenue, according to a department news release.

The warrant was served as police followed up on information that 27-year-old Jesus Perez, a known gang member, was in possession of firearms, police said. During the search, officers located 10 firearms, a bulletproof vest, multiple high-capacity magazines and a large amount of ammunition.

Perez was arrested and booked into Merced County Jail on suspicion of possession of an assault rifle and possession of a concealed weapon by a gang member, according to the release.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Officer Saldivar at 209-388-7735 or by email at Some crimes can be reported through the Merced Police Department website and anonymous tips can be submitted by calling 209-385-4725.

Anonymous tips can also be submitted to law enforcement through the Merced Area Crime Stoppers website.

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