CORCORAN — Four known gang members were arrested during a traffic stop Friday after officers found drugs, evidence of narcotics sales and an illegal knife, the Corcoran Police Department said.

Officers stopped the vehicle around 11:57 p.m. near Josephine and Bainum avenues. The driver, Manuel Gallegos, 23, of Hanford, was subsequently arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. Police said the three passengers are known gang members. The passengers were identified as Juan Andres Garcia, 20, of Corcoran; Brian Gonzalez, 20, of Lemoore; and Jose Aguirre Ramirez, 23, of Corcoran.

Police said officers found a bag with more than 6 grams of what appeared to be cocaine near the stopped vehicle. A search of the vehicle found a digital scale and an illegal folding trench knife, which combines features of brass knuckles and a butterfly knife.

Gonzalez was found in possession of plastic bags consistent with narcotics sales, police said. The vehicle was towed and impounded.

All four men were booked into the Corcoran city jail on suspicion of the following charges:

  • Criminal conspiracy by a gang member
  • Possession of a controlled substance for sales
  • Transporting a controlled substance
  • Possession of metal knuckles
  • Gang enhancement
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Possession of a controlled substance
  • Possession of a switchblade knife in a vehicle
  • Being under the influence of a controlled substance

Garcia, Gonzalez and Ramirez are being held in lieu of $186,000 bail. Gallegos was additionally booked on suspicion of DUI, with bail set at $196,000.

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