Gunfire Leads to Drug Bust

Rifle shots on Madera Avenue lead police to a stash of rifles and drugs.

Two assault rifles were seized and four people were arrested after shots were fired from a Menlo Park home early this morning, a police sergeant said. Officers responded to numerous reports of gunfire heard near a home in the 1200 block of Madera Avenue at about 4:30 a.m., Menlo Park police Sgt. Ed Soares said. Police determined that two neighboring homes appeared to have been hit by bullets, Soares said.

Officers searched one of the homes to check on residents' welfare and found four people inside, along with two high-capacity assault rifles, a 9mm semi-automatic handgun and 10 ounces of marijuana, Soares said. They also found numerous shell casings in the home, which indicated that shots had been fired from inside the residence, police said.

No one was injured.

Police arrested Menlo Park residents Kenntha Hahn, 28, Deangelo Williams, 22, Jerry Coneal, 18, and Chariece Chew, 19. The four were booked into San Mateo County Jail for numerous weapons offenses, marijuana sales, possession of a controlled substance and conspiracy, and are suspected of being part of a criminal street gang, police said.

Anyone who has information about the case is asked to call Menlo Park Police Sgt. Ed Soares at (650) 330-6360 or Detective Sgt. Jamie Romero at (650) 330-6361.

--Bay City News

Alan Dale Brown November 12, 2012 at 10:29 PM
Why do they have to be so heavily armed over marijuana sales? I'm not sure if this is argument for or against legalization; this certainly doesn't make marijuana dealers look benign. I checked the internet for the legal dispensary costs of 10 oz - it's currently worth $3000 (no, I'm not a user, I hate the way it smells). That's nothing. Do they really have to shoot up the neighborhood over that? In high school, my "criminal justice" teacher always said it's not worth committing a crime unless you can make at least $1 million (in jest, of course; I wouldn't feel better if they found $1 million worth of drugs on these guys).
Vanessa Castañeda November 13, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Good question. Most violence is unnecessary. I suspect this was more than just a marijuana vending scene. I suspect these men may lack positive social support and promising employment prospects. A few thousand dollars is not worth a crime like this that destabilizes an entire community's sense of security and value.


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