Two men were arrested on weapons violations, along with other charges, stemming from separate incidents in the city on March 28 and 29.
On March 28, at 7:10 p.m. Michael Jones, age 26 and a Long Beach resident, was arrested for possession of narcotics while armed on the 300 block of N. San Fernando Boulevard. Police officers responded to the area for a disabled parking violation.
When officers contacted Jones as he sat in his 2003 Land Rover SUV, according to Lt. Eduardo Ruiz of the Burbank Police Department, “they smelled the odor of burnt marijuana emitting from the interior.”
During a probable cause search of Jones’ vehicle, police recovered various narcotics, including several controlled prescription pills, ecstasy and marijuana, and a loaded handgun, added Ruiz.
Jones was also arrested for eight outstanding warrants out of Long Beach. He was booked at the Burbank Jail and his bail was set at $50,000.
On Saturday, March 29, at 11:15 a.m., Julio Cesar Gonzalez, age 32 and a Mission Hills resident, was arrested for possession of a belt-buckle knife.
Burbank police officers patrolling the Empire Center parking area at 1565 Victory Place contacted Gonzalez and another man as they sat in a 2000 Daewoo two-door vehicle.
Officers have been patrolling the Empire Center parking lot for suspicious activity due to recent vehicle burglaries, explained Ruiz.
“The officer observed the suspect vehicle parked, away from stores, and occupied by two males,” said Ruiz. “The officer made contacted with the occupants to see what they were doing. Upon doing so, the officer smelled the odor of burnt marijuana emitting from the interior of the car.”
Gonzalez consented to a search of the vehicle and told the officer that his belt buckle was a knife. After further inspection of the belt buckle, the officer determined the buckle concealed a fixed blade and arrested Gonzalez for the weapons violation. He was booked at the Burbank Jail and his bail set at $20,000.