Loaded Gun In Christmas Stocking, Drugs Found In Car: Police

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MURRIETA, CA – A 46-year-old Murrieta man was arrested following a weekend traffic stop after officers allegedly retrieved a loaded handgun stuffed in a Christmas stocking and narcotics from the vehicle, plus a follow-up search of his home that yielded additional drugs, weapons ammunition, drug paraphernalia and cash, police said.

The Murrieta Police Department said Anthony Del Calzo was stopped Saturday at approximately 3:24 a.m. while driving on Whitewood Road near Avenida Acacias. The officer recognized Del Calzo from a March 2017 arrest that involved loaded firearms and drugs, police said.

During Saturday's stop, Del Calzo reportedly admitted to having a firearm inside the vehicle and officers entered the car and discovered a loaded semi-automatic handgun hidden in a Christmas stocking within reach of the driver seat, the department said.

Next to the firearm, methamphetamine, cocaine and prescription narcotics, packaged for individual sale, were found, police said.

Del Calzo was arrested on suspicion of: possession for sale and transporting to sell narcotic controlled substance; possession of controlled substance while armed with a loaded firearm; possession and transport for sale designated controlled substances; a secondary offense while released from custody; carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle; and carrying a loaded unregistered firearm. He was booked into the Cois Byrd Detention Center.

"Based on the amount of narcotics located in Mr. Del Calzo's possession and the fact that he was currently out on bail for his previous arrest for narcotics and weapons, detectives responded to assist with the investigation," Murrieta police said. "Detectives drafted a search warrant for Mr. Del Calzo's Murrieta residence.

"The search warrant yielded additional methamphetamine, cocaine, prescription narcotics, narcotics paraphernalia, loaded firearms, ammunition, firearm magazines and a large amount of US currency."

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