Three members of the Brown Pride gang, including one local leader, are in jail on gun and drug charges after a Metro Police Gang Unit officer made a traffic stop Tuesday night, police said.
Deaderick Steven Ramirez, 23, Juan Jesus Chapa, 20, and Ivan Guadarrama-Barboza, 22, are charged with possession of marijuana for resale and violating the newly enacted Crooks with Guns law, according to police.
The three initially fled the scene and were later apprehended. A fourth gang member, Raul Rostro, 21, fled and is not yet in custody.
Police said the officer found, in plan view, on the back floorboard of the Chevrolet Lumina the group was driving, a plastic bag containing marijuana. Also discovered in the car was a nine-millimeter pistol, a 12-gauge shotgun with a pistol grip, two sets of digital scales, one ski cap with eye holes cut out and three rolls of duct tape.
An immigration hold has been placed on Guadarrama-Barboza and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is assisting in the continuing investigation.